What are some of the common labels and definitions used?

What are some of the common labels and definitions used?

Some of the more common labels and definitions used to describe spousal and family support include:

Alimony – Payments made from one spouse to the other during a separation or a divorce (dissolution of marriage). Also known as spousal support.

Child Support – As a general rule, both spouses have a duty to provide support for their minor children.

Family Support – A combination of alimony and child support. Similar in nature to separate maintenance payments.

Rehabilitative Support – Payments made from one spouse to the other over a period of time to enable the supported spouse to obtain a career and become self-supporting. Also known as alimony and spousal support.

Separate Maintenance Payments – Payments made from one spouse to the other when they are no longer living together as husband and wife for the support of the spouse and the children in his/her custody. Similar in nature to family support.

Spousal Support – Payments made from one spouse to the other during a separation or a divorce (dissolution of marriage). Also known as alimony.

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