Federal law looks to state law to determine property rights and whether income is community or separate. Whether or not your ex is responsible for claiming her share of community income depends upon the state you live in. For instance, Texas has community property laws, and with few exceptions 1/2 of whatever you made while married during the tax year is the spouses income. You will generally get a deduction for alimony paid and your ex will claim income for alimony received. This rule does not apply to any payments designated child support, however. I urge you to engage a qualified tax preparer for the tax year of your divorce. It will probably be well worth the money.
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