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Alimony is a specific payment to a spouse or former spouse under a divorce or separation decree. To establish how much alimony should be paid the needs of the recipient spouse are analyzed by considering the lifestyle of the parties prior to the divorce. Next the ability of the paying spouse to provide for those needs with alimony has to be considered. To calculate these payments accurately and fairly its vital to enlist the expertise of a qualified Atlanta CPA and forensic accountant like FairShare Financial®, PC that specializes in divorce accounting.
At FairShare Financial®, PC we can assist in evaluating a couple’s spending habits to help develop a lifestyle picture used by the court to determine the amount to be paid in alimony. These factors need to be investigated thoroughly by an experienced forensic accountant in order to present reasonable and accurate calculations to the court. Additionally, we perform “what if” calculations to examine the benefits and drawbacks to negotiating for alimony.
As CPAs with a strong background in tax planning we recognize that tax ramifications of alimony are also important to consider as alimony may be deductible by the payer and could be included in the recipient’s taxable income.
Our forensic accounting work is focused in divorce engagements and we realize that each case is unique. Contact us today at 678-329-3989 and request a free consultation to discuss how we can help your case.
Our services related to alimony calculations include:
- Lifestyle analysis
- Needs analysis
- Income determination