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Understanding How Spousal Support Awards Are Determined

Spousal support differs substantially from child support cases. When a couple is going through a divorce, one of the spouses may request spousal support, otherwise known as “alimony” or “maintenance.” These payments are designed to help the spouse keep his or her current standard of living or adjust to life after divorce.

Each Parish In Louisiana Handles Spousal Support Cases Differently

Spousal support awards depend upon fact-specific criteria. Generally, the court considers the circumstances of the divorce and whether there was fault or domestic violence involved in the separation or divorce process. Other factors the court may consider when determining a spousal support award include:

  • Whether there is truly a need for spousal support
  • Whether the spouse who is ordered to pay has the ability to do so
  • The age and health of each party
  • The earning capacity of each spouse
  • The length of the marriage

There are many other factors. If you feel that you should receive spousal support or feel that your spouse is not entitled to these payments, you need to discuss your concerns with our experienced attorney. Jeremy will help you understand the important issues in your case and help you develop a strategy that allows you to protect your interests.

Schedule A Free Consultation With Jeremy Epstein Law, LLC

Whether you are faced with paying spousal support or are need financial help, spousal support is a complex matter. Working with an experienced attorney will streamline the process and protect your rights. Email us through this website to schedule a free consultation to get answers to your spousal support or any other family law-related questions. You may also call our office in New Orleans at 504-434-5489.