Spousal Support vs Child Support

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The Differences Between Spousal Support And Child Support

The Court awards spousal support by one spouse to the other during the divorce process. This is often referred to as spousal maintenance or alimony. The purpose of spousal support is to maintain the standard of living both spouses became accustomed to during their marriage. Several factors considered by the Court include:

  • Duration of the marriage
  • Age and physical health of each party
  • The education levels and careers of each spouse
  • Income and earning capacity of each spouse
  • The financial position of each spouse

How Spousal Support Is Issued

Spousal support payments to the receiving party are determined by a judge in Nevada family court.  

In Nevada, spousal support length is typically based on the length of the marriage. For example, one year of alimony is paid every three years of marriage. Often, spousal support is terminated upon the remarriage of the receiving spouse. However, in some cases, spousal support may be awarded permanently. 

Negotiating reasonable spousal support payments and length requires an experienced divorce attorney. Carlson Work attorneys use necessary resources to achieve optimal results. 

How Child Support Is Issued

In Nevada, child support payments are issued separately from spousal support. When parents divorce, child support agreements are outlined during the divorce proceedings. Child support payments are used for:

  • General household expenses like food, rent, utilities
  • Medical expenses and dental care
  • Books and toys
  • School supplies
  • Clothing
  • Extra-curricular activities

Parenting agreements are unique and should be followed to ensure the children’s best interests. 

Get In Touch With A Nevada Family Law Attorney

If you have any questions about divorce, spousal support, child support, or need assistance modifying a current agreement, contact our Reno custody lawyers by calling 775-386-2226 to schedule a consultation


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