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Can I deduct support paid to my ex-wife if there is no court ordered alimony?

 
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MargaretL
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Can I deduct support paid to my ex-wife if there is no court ordered alimony?

No, you cannot deduct the payments. They are your gifts to your ex-spouse at this point.  To be considered alimony and be deductible, the payments must be paid under a divorce or other separation instrument (including a divorce decree, a separate maintenance decree, or a written separation agreement). 

Please click here for alimony qualifications.

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MargaretL
Employee Tax Expert

Can I deduct support paid to my ex-wife if there is no court ordered alimony?

No, you cannot deduct the payments. They are your gifts to your ex-spouse at this point.  To be considered alimony and be deductible, the payments must be paid under a divorce or other separation instrument (including a divorce decree, a separate maintenance decree, or a written separation agreement). 

Please click here for alimony qualifications.

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