The spouse paying alimony should keep a list of each payment, including the date, check number and address where the check was sent. The payor should also keep originals of the checks used to make the payments. It’s a good idea to note on the checks the month the support is being paid in case there are legal issues and for personal records.
If the paying spouse makes alimony payments in case, there should be printed receipts for each payment bearing the signature of the receiving spouse.
After filing tax returns with the deducted alimony payments, it’s a good idea to keep records of the payments for three years. A local divorce attorney can advise you on how long you should keep these records or if there are other financial documents you should store regarding alimony.