Is alimony the same thing as child support in Phoenix?

These two terms are often confused, and many people believe that these payments are the same thing or are combined. However, alimony (called “spousal support” in Arizona) is different from child support, and the payments are decided separately during your Phoenix divorce.

What is Child Support?

Child support is a court-ordered, periodic payment from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent for the purpose of supporting and raising the child or children. In some cases, child support may be ordered in shared custody. 

What is Alimony?

Alimony, referred to as “spousal support” or “spousal maintenance” in Arizona, is a court-ordered, periodic payment from one spouse to another during and/or after a divorce. These payments are designed to help divorced spouses support themselves, especially if that spouse lacks job skills or has been out of the workforce during the marriage. 

Many factors figure into who pays spousal support to whom, how much is paid, and for how long. If you need more specific information about spousal support, child support, or divorce in Arizona, speak with an experienced Phoenix divorce lawyer today at 1-888-929-5292. We’d be happy to schedule a completely free, no-obligation legal consultation to discuss your concerns. 

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