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Maintenance:

In a divorce or separation, the money paid by one spouse to the other in order to fulfill the financial obligation that comes with marriage. The support which one person, bound by law, gives to another for his or her living; for example, a father is bound to find maintenance for his children; and a child is required by law to maintain his father or mother when they cannot support themselves, and he has ability to maintain them. Sometimes referred to as alimony.


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