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Understanding child support and spousal support

When support is offered from one person to another, it is generally the supporter is providing the other with something that they need. "Support" can be financial or emotional, physical or spiritual. It may fulfill an important necessity in the life of a Tennessee resident.

Individuals who have dealt with family law proceedings in the courts of the state may have heard the term "support" used in different contexts. Particularly, there are two distinct forms of support that courts may award in proceedings related to divorce and child custody. These two common forms of judicially mandated support are child support and spousal support.

Even though each designates who should receive the particular support in its name, it can be hard to fully understand the distinction between child support and spousal support. For example, child support may be used to pay the rent of an apartment where a child lives with their custodial parent. One may wonder if it is it permissible for the custodial parent to benefit from this use of child support if they are also receiving spousal support from their ex-partner?

Child support is intended to provide a child with what they need, such as food, shelter, clothing, costs related to schooling and transportation, and other expenses. Spousal support may have different purposes, such as helping a person become able to re-enter the workforce after a period of unemployment or maintaining a person's standard of living close to where it was when they were married.

While crossover uses of support may exist when a person receives both spousal support and child support from their ex, the misuse of support payments may cause problems. Individuals who have concerns about the potential misuse of their support payments may wish to discuss their issues with family law attorneys.

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