In Need of A Spousal Support Attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana?
At the Russell Law Firm, LLC, our Baton Rouge divorce attorneys know that one of the most common legal issues that arise during the dissolution of a marriage in Louisiana, is whether one spouse must pay spousal support to the other.
We understand the financial difference from supporting one home’s expenses to two separate households can be overwhelming, and that one spouse — typically the lesser earning of the two — is going to need help. Whether you are the paying spouse or recipient of spousal support, it is important to understand your rights. We can help.
Our East Baton Rouge Parish spousal support attorneys will outline your unique financial recovery needs from the start, so you can move forward with confidence.
How is Spousal Support Decided During a Louisiana Divorce?
Whether you call it spousal support, spousal maintenance, or alimony, the financial provision is typically awarded to one spouse while a Louisiana divorce is pending, and/or after the divorce is finalized.
Divorcing spouses may agree on interim and final spousal support awards in private during negotiations with their attorneys or during mediation with a mediator. If the spouses cannot reach an agreement, then the family court judge assigned to the case may render a judgment on the spousal support claims after considering pertinent evidence and arguments.
In determining spousal support, Louisiana family court judges consider multiple factors, such as:
- The duration of the marriage.
- The extent to which either spouse supported the other’s current or potential earning capacity, sacrificing their own potential.
- Each spouse’s marketable skills.
- Each spouse’s respective income.
- Each spouse’s financial and personal contributions to the marriage.
- Each spouse’s health and age.
- How child custody decisions impact one spouse’s earning capacity.
- Community and Separate Property belonging to the spouses.
- Debts accrued during the marriage.
- The needs of the claimant spouse and the ability of the other spouse spouse to pay spousal support.
In Louisiana, a judge may award either interim spousal support — compensation for the time the couple is living separately before their divorce is finalized — or as a final judgment, which is an amount awarded once the divorce is finalized.
The ability of each party to maintain the same standard of living that they had over the course of the marriage is one of the main considerations for awarding interim spousal support in Louisiana. Whether you are the paying spouse, or the one requesting alimony, our skilled divorce attorneys can help you determine the amount and duration — if any — will be required during the separation and/or going forward.
You do not have to be afraid of the unknown during your Louisiana divorce. Our trusted Baton Rouge spousal support lawyers will provide the complete details you need to make informed decisions about your future — including each financial aspect of starting your new life.
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If you are pursuing a divorce in Louisiana and are worried about the financial impact of your dissolution – whether you are the paying spouse or the recipient – it is important to understand your rights. We can help.
Contact our dedicated Baton Rouge family law attorneys today at (225) 307-0088 or online to get the legal support you need to produce real results for your unique case.