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What is alimony and who is entitled to it?

In Louisiana, alimony is called spousal support and there are two types:

  1. Interim spousal support
  2. Final spousal support

Interim spousal support is designed to maintain the standard of living of the parties during the marriage and is based on the income and expenses of each party. Whoever earns more usually owes the other spouse interim spousal support. Generally, interim spousal support lasts up to six months after the divorce, but it may be terminated sooner or granted for a longer period of time.

Final spousal support is generally awarded after the divorce is final. The person seeking final spousal support must prove both that:

  1. They are free from fault in the breakup of the marriage AND
  2. They are financially entitled to it. Final spousal support is not designed to maintain the standard of living during marriage.