Divorce leads to drastic life changes far greater than just the separation of two people.
It can be a separation of families and friends, children, possessions and property, and more. The path ahead of you may be hard to see.
“Gregory Nichols was extremely helpful when I was going through a divorce in 2020. Over the course of nearly a year, when my ex kept prolonging things, Gregory was very patient and understanding. I also felt that he was very knowledgeable with every legal issue that arose, and that he could explain everything to me clearly and promptly.Greg was also a pleasure to work with on a personal level.”
Custody, Child Support & Alimony
There’s a common misconception that fathers are at an automatic disadvantage when it comes to the many facets of divorce, especially matters involving the children. While many judges will have their own biases, the truth is, the guiding principle in Louisiana law is the best interests of the children. In most cases, this means that courts will favor keeping both parents involved as much as possible in sharing their time with the children, and in making parenting decisions that affect the childrens’ future. I happen to share that belief, and I will always advise with you with that principle in mind.
If there are children, there will likely be child support. Child support is fixed by a formula based on the combined gross income of the parties, the number of children, and the type of custody awarded. It may include additional amounts for extraordinary expenses, such as extracurricular activities or special medical needs, based on the same formula. If the parties agree on an amount of child support, the court will almost always honor that agreement regardless of what the formula provides.
Sometimes the court will find it necessary to grant alimony, also known as spousal support, to one of the separating partners. This decision has nothing to do with whether the couple has children.
There are two types of alimony: interim, which may be granted during the pendency of the divorce, and permanent, which may be granted after the divorce is granted.
Some of the things the court may take into consideration in hearing a request for temporary or permanent alimony are:
- The length of the marriage
- The age and health of both spouses
- The financial need of the spouse requesting support, and the other spouse’s ability to pay
- Each spouse’s income and financial obligations
- Each spouse’s ability to earn income based on education, job skills and history, employment opportunities, etc.
Get in touch with a Louisiana divorce lawyer today
After practicing law for more than 25 years, I’ve seen all kinds of divorces — messy and complicated, quick and calm, and everything in between. I always try to gauge at the outset what type of divorce it will be, with varying degrees of success. But what I am best at is meeting the challenges with my client and getting him or her the best possible result they can get. Contact my office today to schedule your free virtual or live initial consultation, so we can start working together right away.