Spousal support is financial assistance that recognizes a partner's contribution to the marriage and helps the recipient achieve financial independence. Alimony is available only to those who were legally married; and, rules vary by state.
Postseparation support is a form of spousal support that is awarded to a dependent spouse when legally separated. Several factors are considered, including the need of the dependent spouse and the ability of the supporting spouse to pay support.
Related services are: Alimony and Spousal Support.