What is unallocated family support?

In many cases, a spouse or ex-spouse is ordered to pay both child support and maintenance. The payor spouse will often times be in a higher tax bracket than the recipient spouse. Consequently, there may be a significant tax savings if the payor spouse pays unallocated family to the recipient spouse which is a sum sufficient to support both the children and the spouse, but is not allocated between child support and maintenance. Such an award may increase the available net income for the recipient spouse. Please see our child support page for a detailed example of the tax benefits of unallocated support.