Is there any difference between alimony and spousal support?
Alimony is often considered the more legal term for payments made to an ex-spouse following a divorce. They may be called maintenance payments, spousal support, or support payments. These payments are not a punishment, but simply the court’s attempt to ensure safety and stability for all parties during this disruptive time. Alimony has become less common in recent decades, but you should still prepare financially if you know a divorce is imminent.