What You Need To Know About Alimony

Whether you are the spouse requesting support or you will be the one responsible for providing it, it is important to consult with a skilled family law attorney who will provide you with the legal advice needed to make important decisions on your financial future. I am Baton Rouge lawyer Gregory S. Johnson, and I will protect your interests regarding spousal support and all other divorce issues.

There Are Two Types Of Alimony

In Louisiana, there are two kinds of spousal support: interim and final.

Interim support is alimony provided during the divorce proceeding. Its purpose is to give the less financially secure spouse with enough income to maintain his or her standard of living before the divorce is final.

Interim alimony is only payable from the day the court orders it. If you delay contacting a Baton Rouge spousal support attorney then you risk missing time that you could be receiving interim spousal support.

Final alimony is awarded after the divorce is final. Its purpose is to give the lower-earning spouse the time he or she needs to complete education or job training and become self-sufficient.

When awarding alimony, the courts will consider whether one spouse was responsible for causing the divorce as a result of adultery or for any other reason.

My goal when handling alimony issues is to help my clients leave their marriage in the most financially secure manner possible. Whether you are seeking support, or want to minimize your support obligations, I can help.

Uncovering Hidden Assets

If you suspect that your spouse is hiding income in order to minimize the amount of spousal support that is awarded, I can help determine an accurate income level. My undergraduate education in finance provides value and protection in alimony matters that many attorneys cannot provide. I understand business balance sheets, complex accounting records and tax issues that may be critical to setting the proper payments.

Enforcing Alimony Orders

If you are presented with a situation in which the other party is not paying court-ordered spousal support, I can help with enforcement by contempt, wage garnishment or other steps to ensure that your needs are met.

For more information about alimony, your rights and your responsibilities, contact my firm. Call 225-341-4690 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. I work with residents throughout the Greater Baton Rouge area and beyond, including Prairieville.