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Is it true that receiving child support can be a factor in determining a spousal support award?

Child support goes to the support of the children, although having children at home can be a factor in spousal support. If the children are very young, or have some physical or mental aspect that requires the custodial parent to spend the majority of the time with the children, the judge may award the custodial parent temporary maintenance so that the needs of the children can be attended to. Once the children enter school or are in another’s care, the temporary award may be adjusted or even terminated. A provision should be included in the agreement for such an adjustment or a review to occur.

For example: if the custodial parent had been the constant caregiver throughout the marriage, never having worked outside the home, the presence of the children would be a factor because the judge would expect that this same arrangement would continue after the marriage.