When relationships end, it is not uncommon for the separation to cause financial stress on one of the two parties involved. When this occurs, the court can remediate the situation with different forms of financial support:
The intent of spousal support (alimony) is to ensure the individual who becomes financially disadvantaged in the separation can maintain a similar quality of life to which they have become accustomed.
Several factors are considered when determining spousal support, such as sacrifices made during the relationship (e.g. did one spouse forego education to focus on raising children?), and the receiving party is expected to make reasonable efforts to become financially independent in the following years.
It is a parent’s responsibility to provide for their children and the intent of child support is to ensure children have opportunities similar to what they would have experienced had their parents’ not divorced. Child support payments vary based on several factors, such as custody agreements and parental income.
Child support payments typically continue until the child is 18 years of age and may continue past this point if the child is attending school or is unable to provide for themselves due to a disability.
Child and spousal support may be eligible to renegotiate as income, custody, and living situations change. When these conversations arise, we are ready to help you navigate them.