When Tennessee residents end their marriages through divorce, they are legally disconnected from each other. Pending outstanding agreements or court orders, they are no longer liable for each other's financial commitments and no longer bound to make joint decisions about their money and investments. However, financial matters can require former spouses to maintain ties if either spousal support or child support are ordered in their divorce cases.
Spousal support is the payment of money from one ex to the other for the maintenance of the recipient. It may a short-term commitment or a long-term one, depending on many factors related to the couple's marriage. It may be ordered to rehabilitate the recipient to take care of themselves or it may be permanent to support the recipient through the end of their life.
Child support is the payment of money from a noncustodial parent to the custodial parent for the maintenance of the children. It can be used for a myriad of costs related to raising children, from keeping a roof over their heads to paying for their education expenses. Child support cannot be used by a custodial parent for their direct needs. Child support is exclusively for the support of children born to custodial and noncustodial former partners.
Even after a divorce, money matters can keep former partners connected if support agreements or orders are put into operation. Knowing how to manage these sometimes complex matters in a post-divorce life can be tricky, but individuals who have questions about these and other family law matters can work with divorce attorneys like Sam Byrd to ensure that their legal questions and concerns are addressed.