Alimony is usually determined separate from Post Separation Support, usually post separation support becomes alimony when the parties go to court to determine alimony. However, if post separation remains in effect for a long period of time, the court may not change the amount when they determine alimony. There is no automatic time period where pss becomes alimony. Post Separation support is deductible from your income the same way alimony is.

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At what point does post separation support become alimony payments? I have also heard it called temporary alimony. Is alimony, post separation suppoort and temporary alimony all the same? The court order started before a divorce was final and I think it was called post separation support because the hearing was called cs/pss. I am now divorced and we have not settled property distribution or permanent alimony payments. Are those payments now considered alimony because we are divorced?