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What Is An Alimony Trust?

An Alimony trust is a formal trust arrangement where the beneficiary of the trust is the ex-spouse entitled to alimony payments. The settler or person who contributes property to the trust is the ex-spouse obligated to make the alimony payments. The taxpayer may establish a post death "testamentary" trust or a living "inter vivos" trust to provide for the alimony payments required by a divorce decree or an agreement between the parties.

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