What's the difference between spousal maintenance and support? Can alimony payments be garnished by third party collectors?
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Shaun Young

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Well, the basic difference between spousal maintenance and alimony is that spousal maintenance is a form of support payment only. But a party can ask for it, even before a divorce filing, if he or she is physically separated from the spouse. Alimony is only awarded after a divorce has been filed.

I don’t know which state you’re from. But usually, alimony isn’t garnished since it’s not typical wage income.


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