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When is Spousal Support or Alimony Awarded in Louisiana?

A Louisiana Court may award spousal support if the spouse seeking support was not at fault for the divorce and is in need of support. The court will consider the requesting spouse’s need for support and the other spouse’s ability to pay such support. Specifically, the court will all relevant factors including: the income and means of each party; the parties’ financial obligations; the parties’ ability to earn an income; the effect of custody on a parent’s ability to earn an income; the time necessary for a spouse to get the education or experience necessary to earn an income; the health and age of the parties; the duration of the marriage; and the tax consequences of spousal support. Spousal support cannot exceed one third of the obligor’s net income. (Louisiana Civil Code Article 112)

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