What are the ramifications of changing a W2,1040 or paystub to show that the ex-spouse in order to reflect lower earnings and pay less alimony?

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What are the ramifications of changing a W2,1040 or paystub to show that the ex-spouse in order to reflect lower earnings and pay less alimony?

Asked on November 23, 2015 under Family Law, Connecticut

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It is fraud on the ex-spouse; fraud on the court; and possibly a form of tax fraud (if the altered numbers in any way get picked up or used for tax purposes). It can expose the person doing it both civil (being sued) and criminal (e.g. jail time) liability, and possibly to contempt of court, and/or result in any divorce decree or order based on the altered documents being thrown out. 


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