This section explains what types of maintenance payments you can receive from a former partner and how they are taxed.
A former partner refers to a:
- separated or former spouse
- separated or former civil partner
- former cohabitant who you lived with for:
- two or more years, where you have children together
- five or more years, where you have no children together.
A cohabitant cannot have been married during the cohabiting period.
If you make maintenance payments rather than receive them, see Maintenance Payments Relief.
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