Amid a tax change to the support known as alimony, couples likely will fear divorce even more.
In addition to all of the traditional reasons, the Trump tax reform creates new rules that will give many couples getting divorced additional, painfully conflicting goals — financial and emotional.
New alimony tax rules, included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, apply to divorce or separation agreements executed after Dec. 31, 2018. Because the changes can dramatically affect finances, experts say the new rules intensify the divorce process. They also raise the specter that at least one soon-to-be-ex-spouse could take a big financial hit.