Child support is money that a parent pays to help support his or her child financially after a separation or divorce. Child support is generally paid to the other parent, not to the child. Judges can order a parent to pay support directly to a child over the age of majority, but they only do so in certain cases. Judges consider the family’s situation to determine the appropriate arrangements.
Spousal Support is money paid by one spouse to the other after they separate or divorce. It is sometimes called alimony or maintenance. Many factors may affect whether a married or common-law spouse is entitled to spousal support and how much support they should receive.
“Custody” essentially refers to the parent’s right to make decisions for the child, as well as the parent’s obligations to that child. There are few ways you can have custody arrangements for your children:
Be careful with changing the de facto custody arrangement without explicit written agreement in place. Speak to your lawyer about potential consequences.