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Can I get spousal support?

While money should never prevent someone in Louisiana from ending an unhappy marriage, it is true that divorce can take a toll on one’s financial situation. That impact can be minimized through careful forethought and planning, though. It is also important to take things like spousal support into account.

Who qualifies for spousal support?

Spousal support is not necessarily a given in a divorce. For example, support is not really necessary if both spouses worked and earned approximately the same. Support comes into play when either one spouse earned significantly less, or perhaps left the workforce altogether to care for children, loved ones or to support the other person’s career.

How much will support be?

There is no set amount of spousal support that one can expect to receive. Instead, spousal support is calculated based on a number of different factors. Some of these factors include:

  • How long a couple was married
  • Each spouse’s age, emotional state and physical condition
  • Each spouse’s financial stability
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • How long it would take the recipient to become self sufficient

Spousal support is generally meant to be rehabilitative, meaning that it is temporary and should only last as long as it takes someone to get on his or her feet. However, there are situations where it might be appropriate for support to continue otherwise. Figuring out what is most appropriate for one’s own situation can be a challenge, although some find it helpful to speak about their options with an attorney who is well-versed in Louisiana family law.

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