Even though Child support and alimony are concepts of maintenance provided by one spouse to the other, they are different and can co-exist. Child support is designed to meet the child’s basic needs, including food, clothing, medical care, housing, and other necessities created in the child’s best interests. The child support amount is only available for the financial benefit of the child and not the spouse.
Alimony, on the other hand, is provided to support the spouse receiving it who is unable to maintain a similar lifestyle to which they were accustomed during the period of marriage.
Moreover, both child support and alimony are independent of each other in all instances.