How Will an Oklahoma Divorce Affect My Stimulus Check?
After the third stimulus check came in, some people were wondering why they did not receive the check and others were questioning how their Oklahoma divorce might affect their ability to receive the next stimulus check. The reality is that a divorce can complicate the situation with receiving your stimulus check. Whether you receive your stimulus money in full may depend on child support orders, alimony, and other legal factors surrounding your divorce case. Talk to an Oklahoma Divorce Lawyer to learn more about your options.
Who Receives a Stimulus Check in an Oklahoma Divorce?
The person who receives the stimulus check in an Oklahoma divorce depends on whether you and your ex-spouse filed joint taxes in 2018 or 2019 for a tax return. If you filed a joint tax return with your ex-spouse, then the person who should receive the stimulus check is the person whose bank account or address was listed with the tax return. For example, if you and your spouse have separate bank accounts and your ex-spouse used their bank account on the tax return, then your ex-spouse would receive the stimulus check.
In situations where your spouse received the full stimulus check and you missed out on your portion, you can still attempt to receive your portion of the check by filing a tax return with your own bank account. You may be able to claim your children on your tax return as long as you have the proper Oklahoma child custody rights to do so. Talk with a family lawyer if you are not sure.
You can also try asking your ex-spouse for your portion of the stimulus check, but if this fails you can always hire a lawyer and have the family courts decide. A court order can be used to enforce the division of the stimulus check.
How Will Child Support Affect My Oklahoma Stimulus Check?
If you have been ordered by the court to pay Oklahoma child support each month, then you may or may not be able to keep your full stimulus check. This depends on whether you owe child support debt and whether your current income is able to cover your monthly child support by itself.
The first stimulus check went straight to child support while the second stimulus check was protected from automatically being paid to child support. Consider consulting with a lawyer about whether your stimulus check might end up going towards child support and what your legal options are in this situation. Doing this could potentially save you a lot of money in the long run.
Divorce Lawyer in Oklahoma
You may not have to let your ex-spouse take all of your stimulus check. Seeking guidance from an Oklahoma Family Attorney means you could save a portion of the stimulus check for yourself. Call the Putnam Law Office at (405)-849-9149 for a consultation today. Our experienced legal team can help you with almost any divorce issues you might be facing. Mr. Putnam is an Oklahoma City, OK attorney who is dedicated to his clients.