What is a support order?

A support order is an order from the court to pay child support, alimony, spousal support, or any other family maintenance type. The support order is usually because an action for divorce, legal separation, or paternity is generally paid every month. Support orders are not considered money judgments from civil cases, so they are not considered debt. However, someone who does not pay child or spousal support can be held in contempt of court. For more information about support orders, use our free legal help tool below.

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