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Why recordkeeping is so important when spousal support is awarded

When two spouses decide that it is time to file for divorce, there will be so many issues that have to be handled. Depending on the couple and the divorce, certain issues will rise to the top. Some couples will have children, and thus child custody and support will be two of the most important issues. Some couples won't have children, and instead will have a lot of assets, thus making property division one of the most important issues in their divorce.

But all divorces could have one issue involved that carries a lot of weight, even though it may not be universally recognized as one of the most important issues in family law: spousal support.

Spousal support helps one of the spouses financially recover when a divorce is on the table, allowing them to maintain some semblance of their life prior to the divorce. This doesn't mean spousal support will make everything equal and fair, but this form of compensation can do quite a bit to ease the post-divorce financial pain some people can feel.

When spousal support is awarded, the two spouse will suddenly have a huge responsibility to keep track of all the payments. Regardless of whether you are a paying or receiving spouse, you should make a spreadsheet or document that carefully lists the date of a payment, the amount of a payment, the addresses used for the payment, the bank used, the account number used, and even a carbon copy of the check (if possible).

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