The present work examines the role of each partner's regulatory focus in the phenomenon of interpersonal goal support in close relationships. We examined the impact of regulatory orientation for interpersonal support of both ideal and ought self goals. Consistent with expectations, two studies revealed that to the extent that individuals were promotion-oriented, but not prevention-oriented, they benefitted from interpersonal goal support of both ideal and ought goals. Study 1 also assessed the role of regulatory orientation in support seeking and providing behaviors. Results revealed that promotion orientation was positively associated with seeking support from others and being receptive to such support. Prevention orientation was negatively associated with receptivity to support. Furthermore, to the extent that individuals were prevention-oriented they displayed a lack of engagement towards other people's goals. In addition, Study 2 simultaneously assessed the role of both partners' regulatory orientation in goal support, which revealed that partners' promotion orientation was associated (marginally) with individuals' perceived support for the achievement of ideal, but not ought, self goals. Partners' prevention orientation, on the contrary, did not affect perceived support of either ideal or ought self-goals. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.