Spousal Support & Alimony
When the earning power between spouses is not equal—whether because one spouse has stayed home to raise children and is not presently in the workforce, or because one spouse has a higher paying job than the other—there is a need for continued financial assistance for one of the parties after a divorce.
In Louisiana, spousal support (alimony) generally falls into the areas of Temporary (interim) Support or Final (permanent) Support. These two types of support are very different. Temporary Support takes into account the amount necessary for the lower-earning spouse to maintain his or her lifestyle as it existed before the divorce. While fault is not an issue in Temporary Support, it does play a role in determining Final Support. If the lower-earning party is free from legal fault, Final Support can be awarded to meet certain basic needs if certain criteria are recognized and accepted by the judge.
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