Though I'm not asking for it, my spouse is refusing to pay any child support money for 20% of custody he has. To ensure he would not accumulate arrears, he is asking for spousal support from me to offset his obligation as long as possible since my income is slightly higher. He works full-time and earns over 150K. I do not think the court would award him with spousal support based on lack of needs, but I would want to settle out of court due to other reasons. What are the merits and risks of privately settling for spousal support for the above reason? Can spousal support be spelled specific to offset child support if settled privately? I understand spousal support has tax-benefit to the payer but then why support spouse who left me and the child behind?
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