Alimony/Spousal Support

Helping Former Spouses Move Forward After Divorce

Spousal support is a part of many divorce cases.

Spousal support laws differ from state to state. If you are divorcing in Louisiana, it is important to work with an attorney who understands Louisana alimony laws.

At Rowe Law Firm, we can answer your questions about alimony and help ensure that your personal and financial interests are protected. Contact us to schedule a time to meet.

Alimony Before And After Divorce

There are two kinds of alimony in Louisiana:

  • Alimony pendente lite: This is a temporary, needs-based alimony that is issued during divorce proceedings. It is meant to financially sustain a spouse while the divorce is pending.
  • Permanent alimony: After the divorce is finalized, permanent alimony may be awarded. It is based on financial need and is not meant to sustain a particular lifestyle - but rather to ensure that the individual's basic financial needs are met post-divorce.

Originally, spousal support was meant to last during a period of separation, which may have resulted in reconciliation. The law encouraged reconciliation whenever possible. However, some spouses may have reconciled only for financial reasons.

Does Adultery Affect Alimony?

If one spouse was unfaithful during the marriage, will the other spouse get alimony?

It is very likely that the adulterous spouse would pay alimony, even after the divorce is finalized. The amount paid, however, would depend on a number of factors and may be negotiated or litigated.

Fault matters when it comes to issuing alimony in a divorce case. Some of those issues affecting fault may be related to financial responsibility, adultery or domestic violence. The at-fault spouse will pay alimony to the person without fault. When the grounds for divorce are irreconcilable differences, fault-based alimony will not apply.

There are certain cases where alimony may be issued as a part of the property settlement.

Talk To Us About Your Specific Case

Our Baton Rouge spousal support attorney can help you through alimony proceedings in Louisiana. Please contact the Rowe Law Firm today.

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