One of the benefits of spousal support was that the payor could deduct in on their tax returns each year. The receiving spouse would have to declare it as income. That may no longer be the case beginning in 2019. Congress passed the TCJA as part of the extensive tax reform passed by Congress. Under its provisions, spousal support payments would no longer be deductible for any divorce agreement signed after 12/31/2018.
Spousal support payments made pursuant to a divorce agreement signed on or before 12/31/2018 will continue to be deductible. There may be certain exceptions to this for which anyone interested should contact an attorney to discuss this significant change in divorce law.