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Spousal and Child Support

Learn about the availability of spousal and child support and the factors courts consider when making support determinations.


All dissolution proceedings terminate the marital relationship and result in property division, whether by agreement or judicial determination. In some proceedings, there’s a third element, namely a decision about support. Either spouse may seek a court order requiring the other to pay spousal support, child support, or both. Let’s take a closer look at each.

I. Spousal Support

Spousal support, commonly referred to as alimony, is an amount of money that a court orders one spouse to pay the...