Alimony Trust

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Alimony Trust'

A legal arrangement where property is transferred to a former spouse as a source of support following a divorce or separation. The payor spouse transfers investments and other assets that generate income into an alimony trust for the recipient spouse or beneficiary. The payor spouse cannot claim an alimony deduction on the income from an alimony trust, while the recipient spouse is taxed on the income but not the principal.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Alimony Trust'

Alimony trusts are particularly useful in situations where a greater degree of protection is desired, either from the payor spouse or recipient spouse's point of view. For example, the payor spouse may be concerned about the recipient spouse's lack of financial experience in managing a large divorce settlement. Similarly, the recipient spouse may be concerned about the risk of the payor spouse's business becoming insolvent, which may have a detrimental impact on his or her ability to make continuing support payments.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Alimony Payment

    A periodic pre-determined sum awarded to a spouse or former spouse ...
  2. IRS Publication 504

    A document published by the Internal Revenue Service that provides ...
  3. Legal Separation

    For all practical purposes, a circumstantial divorce without ...
  4. Child Support

    The monetary payments that are made from one ex-spouse to another ...
  5. Alimony

    Payments made to a spouse or former spouse under a separation ...
  6. Wealth Management

    A high-level professional service that combines financial/investment ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. How does the trust maker transfer funds into a revocable trust?

    Once a revocable trust is created, a trust maker transfers funds or property into the trust by including them in a list with ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What is the difference between a revocable trust and a living trust?

    A revocable trust and living trust are separate terms that describe the same thing: a trust in which the terms can be changed ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. How exactly does one go about revoking a revocable trust?

    The basic steps involved in revoking a revocable trust are fairly simple, and include transfer of assets and an official ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What is the difference between a revocable trust and an irrevocable trust?

    An irrevocable trust and a revocable trust are differentiated through the ability to change the trust. With an irrevocable ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What is a family Limited Liability Company (LLC)?

    A family limited liability company (LLC) is formed by family members to conduct business in a state that permits such form ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. How is maintenance of standard of living for survivors accomplished in estate planning?

    Estate planning is an integral component of comprehensive financial planning, as it allows individuals and couples to maintain ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Retirement

    Become A Certified Financial Divorce Analyst

    Use your financial knowledge to help people preserve their financial integrity after a failed marriage.
  2. Retirement

    Divorcing? The Right Way to Split Retirement Plans

    Mishandling how you define and allocate retirement-plan assets in a divorce can cost you plenty in taxes and aggravation. Here's how to do it right.
  3. Budgeting

    Get Through Divorce With Your Finances Intact

    Find out how to split your finances without coming up short.
  4. Taxes

    The Fundamentals Of Spousal Support Taxation

    The spousal support that is paid out after a divorce can have varying tax implications. We'll look at what you need to know to settle on the best tax solution.
  5. Retirement

    5 Things To Consider Before Late-In-Life Marriage

    Waiting to marry has become the norm, but do you know what to consider before saying "I do"?
  6. Professionals

    Is a Google Robo-Advisor on the Horizon?

    It's possible that Google is looking to get into the robo-advisor business, either as a new venture or as a way to provide more benefits to employees.
  7. Professionals

    How Advisors Can Tackle the Big Wealth Transfer

    The massive wealth transfer from Baby Boomers to their heirs presents opportunity and challenges for advisors. Here's how they can tackle the challenges.
  8. Professionals

    How Advisors Can Help New Doctors Conquer Debt

    Doctors have high potential for building long-lasting wealth, but they need advice on the best way to pay off student loan debt first.
  9. Professionals

    Advisors: Get Those Referrals! (Here's How)

    If you're not talking to your clients about referring you to friends, you should be.
  10. Taxes

    Gay Weddings Mean Big Business

    The coming boom in same sex marriages represents a money-making opportunity for anyone in the wedding industry.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Nuncupative Will

    A verbal will that must have two witnesses and can only deal with the distribution of personal property. A nuncupative will ...
  2. OsMA

    An abbreviation for Oscillator - Moving Average. OsMA is used in technical analysis to represent the variance between an ...
  3. Investopedia

    One of the best-known sources of financial information on the internet. Investopedia is a resource for investors, consumers ...
  4. Unfair Claims Practice

    The improper avoidance of a claim by an insurer or an attempt to reduce the size of the claim. By engaging in unfair claims ...
  5. Killer Bees

    An individual or firm that helps a company fend off a takeover attempt. A killer bee uses defensive strategies to keep an ...
  6. Sin Tax

    A state-sponsored tax that is added to products or services that are seen as vices, such as alcohol, tobacco and gambling. ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!