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Spousal support or child support payments can be set out in a court order or a separation agreement.
 
Spousal support or child support payments can be set out in a court order or a separation agreement.
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A '''court order''' for support is a court’s decision that one person (the “payor”) pay the other person (the “recipient”) a certain amount, usually on a monthly basis. If support isn’t paid, the recipient can take steps to enforce a court order right away.
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A '''court order''' for support is a court’s decision that one person (the payor) pay the other person (the recipient) a certain amount, usually on a monthly basis. If support isn’t paid, the recipient can take steps to enforce a court order right away.
    
A '''separation agreement''', on the other hand, is a private contract between partners who have separated. It can be enforced in the courts under the law of contracts. But it’s simpler to '''file''' the separation agreement in court. This allows it to be enforced as if it were a court order.
 
A '''separation agreement''', on the other hand, is a private contract between partners who have separated. It can be enforced in the courts under the law of contracts. But it’s simpler to '''file''' the separation agreement in court. This allows it to be enforced as if it were a court order.
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