What Is Spousal Support?

Some support orders say that the custodial parent ­­ the parent who is taking care of the children ­­ should also receive financial support. This type of support is called spousal support or alimony. The Child Support Enforcement agency collects spousal support if it is included in an order with child support. However, the child support agency does not get involved in creating or changing an order for spousal support.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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