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Alimony: An important support for supportive spouses

Although you may not want to pay spousal support to your spouse upon divorce, it's important to recognize the purpose of it. Spousal support, also known as alimony, is awarded to help limit unfair economic effects of a divorce. For instance, if you have been the sole provider and your partner was a stay-at-home parent, then alimony may be paid to help your partner while finding a job or going back to school to start a new career. Alimony may also be awarded to help your spouse continue to live at the same standard that you do now.

Who gets custody? How can a court decide?

When deciding who gets custody of a child, there are lots of things to consider. The child's best interests are the primary concern, so parents need to consider that first. For instance, if the child's mother is always available during the day and the father is available on weekends, then a custody arrangement that works with that schedule will give the child time with both parents when they aren't busy.

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