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What is the Difference Between Alimony and Child Support?

What is the Difference Between Alimony and Child Support? | Warnock Family Law

Regarding divorce in the United States, the court may order different types of support: alimony and child support. Although both payments are designed to help a financially dependent spouse, there are some critical differences between the two.

What is Alimony?

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a type of support that may be awarded in a divorce or legal separation. It is paid by the higher-earning spouse to the lower-earning spouse and is intended to help maintain a standard of living. Alimony can be temporary or permanent, usually based on factors such as the length of the marriage, each spouse’s earning capacity, and whether minor children are involved. Alimony is typically paid in monthly installments and can be ordered for a set period or indefinitely.

The Purpose of Alimony

The purpose of alimony is to help the lower-earning spouse become financially independent after divorce. The amount and duration of alimony payments are determined by several factors, including the length of the marriage, income earnings of the spouse, the financial condition of each spouse, earning capacity, age, health, and the standard of living during the marriage.

The Requirements of Alimony

The requirements for alimony, or spousal support, vary from state to state. In general, though, a few requirements must be met for one spouse to receive alimony from the other.

First, the couple must be married.

Second, one spouse must need financial support, and the other must be able to provide it. This usually means that the person receiving alimony does not have enough income to support themselves, while the person paying alimony has a higher income.

Finally, the court will look at several other factors to decide how much alimony should be paid and for how long.

What is Child Support?

In the United States, child support is the financial contribution from one parent to the other parent towards the costs of raising their child. It is calculated using both parents’ incomes, the number of children involved, and the amount of time each parent spends with the child. Child support payments are typically made until the child reaches the age of 18. In some cases, however, child support payments may continue after the child turns 18.

The Purpose of Child Support

The purpose of child support is to ensure that the child has substantially, the same standard of living with both parents. The amount of child support paid each month is determined by many factors, including the income of both parents, the custody arrangement, and the child’s needs.

The Requirements of Child Support

In the state of Nevada, a family court judge often orders child support. The requirements for child support vary from state to state but usually include financial support for the child’s basic needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing. In some cases, child support may also include payment for the child’s medical and dental expenses, education costs, and other necessary expenses. The amount of child support ordered by the court will depend on many factors, including any applicable offsets.

If you are responsible for paying child support, making your payments on time and in full is essential. If you fall behind on your payments, you may be subject to interest charges, penalties, wage garnishment, or other enforcement actions. In conclusion, if you are going through a divorce, it is vital to make sure you understand how alimony and child support work and how the laws about them affect you.  Do not try to go at this alone. Let the professionals at Warnock Family Law help you so that you can get the best possible outcome.