Is there a relationship between spousal and child support?
During a divorce, many decisions must be made. Who gets the house, who gets the car, who will have primary custody of the children. Along with child custody is child support. The non-custodial parent, who spends less than 50-percent of time with the child. Another facet of divorce agreements is spousal support. The spouse who primarily supported the household financially may be ordered to pay spousal support to the less monied spouse. It is important to realize that sometimes the same spouse is paying both child and spousal support payments.
There may be situations in which a person want to stop paying for spousal support because they are already paying for child support each month. It is likely that they will contact an attorney asking if they are allowed to just pay one. What is important to know is that this is not the case. Spousal support and child support payments are not related. If you feel as though your circumstances have changed significantly and you would like to file a motion in court to have them modified, you may do so. It is in your best interest to contact an experienced divorce and family law attorney who can analyze your specific case.
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