Is child support the same as alimony? Child support is for the benefit of the child, or children. Alimony is support for the benefit of the spouse, who is in need of continued support. Posted in Child Support Law, Legal FAQ Videos and tagged Child Support. Carolyn S. Zisser Highly regarded in marital and family law, Carolyn S. Zisser is a well-respected lecturer and author on family law subjects for the American Bar Association, Florida Bar, Jacksonville Bar Association and private legal seminar companies.