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Alimony FAQs

Divorce proceedings can be overwhelming if it is new territory for you; you may be unsure of your obligations. If you suspect you may owe your former spouse alimony, it is normal to have questions about what all this will entail.

Many factors determine whether you will have to make spousal support payments, and the state of Louisiana has special considerations. If you were the primary financial provider during the marriage, here is what you need to know about alimony.

Who pays spousal support?

The court rules on spousal support based on the monetary needs of each individual. The expectation is for the less affluent spouse to retain the same standard of living present prior to the divorce. Payments may be permanent or temporary. The latter situation should give the person enough time to establish his or her own source of reliable income.

In Louisiana, spousal support can become murky in at-fault divorce cases. If your spouse was abusive or unfaithful, you may not need to make alimony payments.

How much are payments?

Temporary alimony may be higher than more long-term payments, but the amount is typically based on two key factors: your income and the financial needs of your former spouse. The definition of financial need includes the person’s ability to find and secure employment. If you have children, your child support payments may impact the final alimony figure.

What if my former spouse remarries?

If your ex-spouse remarries, your alimony obligations become non-existent. Should the couple choose to live together without getting married, you may still have a case to end or reduce your payments. You can petition the court for a reevaluation of your former spouse’s financial needs. With another source of income in his or her household, you may be able to stop paying alimony.

Finances can be difficult to work out during a divorce. Though you may have spousal support obligations, many factors impact the amount you end up paying. The duration of this responsibility also varies on a case-by-case basis.

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