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7 Oct. 2013

Can I get Support if We Did Not Have Kids?

Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

In family law, child support is one of the first topics that client will inquire about. Obviously, for a party to receive child support, there must be at least one minor child of the marriage or relationship. However, separate and apart from child support, where two people are getting a divorce, one of the parties may be entitled to spousal support, regardless of whether the parties had any children together.

Sometimes also referred to as alimony, spousal support is intended to maintain the supported party at a lifestyle similar to that experienced during the marriage. At least in theory.

When before one household was maintained, and now there are two, the same amount of money needs to stretch farther than it did before. After all, there used to be only one rent payment (or mortgage) but when the parties have separated and live in separate houses, there are suddenly two rents or mortgages to pay.

Achieving the standard of living during the marriage via spousal support is often more of a goal than it is a reality. The taxable nature of spousal support can further decrease the amount of money that is available at the end of the day. However, the policy behind spousal support is a good one: to ensure that both parties are able to survive as they move forward with their lives.

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