Once upon a time, the only sanctified union a couple could have required a marriage license. Times have changed, however, and many couples are choosing to avoid formal marital ties, while still seeking the blessings and support of their communities or choosing to affirm their relationship with some kind of commitment ceremony and a party.
Alimony, also known as spousal support, has become increasingly controversial over the last few years. Many people view alimony as a relic from the past -- when women were expected to stay home for the benefit of the family and not have careers.
Divorce doesn't always end the ties between a couple entirely -- especially when there are issues like alimony or child support involved. Those two issues alone can keep cropping up with new problems for years after a divorce is finalized.
When does child support amount to unintentional alimony for the custodial parent?