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Alimony

Louisiana courts grant alimony on a case-by-case basis. No set rules exist about when spousal support must be granted. Courts look at the individual circumstances of the case.

In Louisiana alimony influences the distribution of property, and it can become intricately involved in a divorce settlement. When spouses are unable to reach an agreement on this issue, the District Court can order support on a case-by-case basis.

Types of Alimony

In Louisiana, courts may order temporary, short- and long-term alimony. Temporary alimony is granted at the discretion of the court during the divorce proceedings and before the final decree. Short-term alimony may be granted to allow the receiving party time to gain necessary skills. Long-Term, or permanent, alimony may be granted to a spouse who has significant needs, and is usually reserved for lengthy marriages.

Factors Considered by the Court

In Louisiana alimony is discretionary. In deciding alimony, the Louisiana court considers:

  • the financial needs of the parties;
  • the income of the parties;
  • the financial obligations of the parties;
  • the current and future earning capacity of the parties;
  • the effect of any custody award;
  • the time necessary for the claimant to acquire appropriate education, training, or employment;
  • the health and age of the parties;
  • the length of the marriage;
  • the tax repercussions.

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