16/09/16 The Difference between ‘Child Support’ and ‘Alimony’
Child support and alimony are different, though some people see the two as the same. Child support is paid to the parent or guardian who has physical custody of the children, the money intended to help provide the children with the essentials they need as they grow up. It can be ordered whether the parents are married, divorced, or have never been married. Alimony has nothing to do with children, and its amount and duration are not affected by the presence of children, or whether or not child support is being received.