Benefits Of A Spousal Support Lawyer
Divorcing parties may request spousal support, formerly called alimony, if they do not possess sufficient income to meet their expenses. The payor will be ordered to pay spousal support if he/she has the ability to pay, unless he or she can prove to the court that the spouse requesting support was at fault in the breakup of the marriage.
Our lawyers have served Gretna families since 1991 and know what family courts in Jefferson Parish value. We are well-situated to take you through this process, provide clear explanations and help you negotiate where possible. We will use our experience and knowledge to help you achieve the outcomes most valuable to you.
How Louisiana Determines Spousal Support
Spousal support, commonly referred to as alimony or spousal maintenance, is meant to provide for a spouse pending a divorce (lower threshold of proof) and after a final divorce decree (higher threshold of proof). In Louisiana, the court will determine whether spousal support is appropriate based upon need and the ability to pay. Factors it considers include:
- Income and means
- Financial obligations
- Earning capacity
- Effect of child custody
- Duration of the marriage
- Existence of domestic abuse
Courts make special considerations for length of time in a marriage, children and the presence of domestic abuse.
When we represent you in your proceedings, our lawyers will help you put together a complete picture of your situation and take full stock of your needs. We will stand by your side through your negotiations and always put your needs first.