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Divorce Q&A: What is Unallocated Support?


Child and spousal support are both familiar topics for most divorcing couples. You understand that if you get divorced, you or your spouse may be required to pay support for a set period of time depending on a number of factors set forth by the court. However, few divorcing couples are as familiar with the idea of unallocated support.

Unallocated support often benefits both the spouse who is ordered to pay and the receiving support. But, what is unallocated support and how can you benefit?

Defining Unallocated Support

Unallocated support payments are payments that don’t specify which portion is for spousal support and which portion is for child support. Instead of receiving two separate payments, one for each, you’ll receive just one, unallocated support payment.

Typically, unallocated support comes with tax benefits for both the payor (i.e. the spouse paying support) and the payee (i.e. the spouse receiving support). The reason is that child support is not tax deductible. However, unallocated support payments are. This will save the payor money on taxes.

Because unallocated support payments will save the payor money on taxes, they will have a higher income and the payee may receive a higher unallocated payment as well. Sometimes, unallocated payments are slightly higher due to the tax savings. As such, unallocated payments benefit all parties involved.

How Unallocated Support Payments Work 

Because there are tax implications for unallocated support payments, ensuring they’re set up correctly is critical. After all, if they’re set up incorrectly, you’re going to miss out on the reason to receive or pay support this way in the first place. This makes it vital to schedule an appointment with a Naperville divorce lawyer who understands the complexities of tax law.

Keep in mind that unallocated support payments, like child support and spousal support payments, are modifiable. As such, you may return to court after the divorce to increase or decrease the amount of the payments if you begin earning a higher salary or if you lose your job.

Learn More About Unallocated Support at Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd.

At Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd., we’re interested in ensuring you receive the tax benefits or higher payments legally possible through unallocated support. As such, we encourage you to contact us with questions to ensure you’re making the best arrangement in your case.

Contact Larry today at 630-470-9990 to take advantage of your free, 30-minute consultation and to discuss unallocated support or other concerns in your divorce case. If you prefer, you may also request a free consultation online. We look forward to speaking with you and assisting you in any way necessary.

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About Attorney Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd.

Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. is a law firm concentrating solely on family law and has served clients in DuPage, Will, Kane, and Kendall counties for over 35 years.

We continue to work with clients in Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle, Oswego, Downers Grove, and the surrounding areas to provide one-on-one support and attention that will help you through this difficult time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to offering our expertise and support to you throughout your case and after.