Alimony, maintenance or spousal support is an obligation established by divorce law or family law in many countries. This obligation is based on the premise that both spouses have an absolute obligation to support each other during their marriage (or civil union know as common law marriages). Alimony is the extension of the obligation to support after separation or divorce.
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Alimony is not child support, which is another ongoing financial obligation often established in divorce. Child support is where one parent is required to contribute to the support of his or her children through the agency of the child’s other parent or guardian.
Alimony is treated very differently from child support in the United States with respect to taxation. Alimony is treated as income to the receiving spouse, and deducted from the income of the paying spouse. Child support is not a payment that affects U.S. taxes as it is viewed as a payment that a parent is making for the support of their own offspring.
In many jurisdictions, people whose child support obligations go into arrears can have licenses seized; in a few states they can even be imprisoned. Someone trying to recover back alimony can sometimes only use the collection procedures that are available to all other creditors (for example, he/she could report the back alimony to a collection agency). In some states, if someone is unable to pay all of his or her alimony, he or she will be found in contempt of court and placed in jail.
Neither the obligation to pay child support nor alimony is discharged as a result of the obligee filing bankruptcy.
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