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Considerations when awarding alimony in Louisiana

When couples decide to terminate their marriage in Louisiana, one spouse may be eligible to receive alimony for a certain period of time. Divorce can present a considerable financial strain on people who have become dependent on their spouses’ income during the marriage. Once the divorce is finalized, some spouses may have considerable financial difficulties when attempting to make ends meet. Alimony, or spousal support, is intended to help people get back on their feet and become independent once again.

According to Louisiana State Legislature, the judge appointed to the case may consider the following factors when determining if alimony is needed in a divorce case. These include the following:

  •          The financial obligations of each party.
  •          How long the marriage lasted.
  •          Each spouse’s capability of making a living, depending on their earned income, education, skills and access to employment.
  •          The age and health of each party.

The judge may also look at which parent has custody of the children, as well as their financial obligations when it comes to raising the children.

There are two types of alimony in Louisiana: final periodic spousal support and interim spousal support. While the judge is evaluating the case to determine whether alimony is necessary, spouses may be eligible for interim spousal support. This is support that must be paid to the spouse during the time the case is under review. It may be awarded for up to six months after the final judgement of divorce is made. Final spousal support is awarded when the judge decides that there is a need for financial support. 

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