Fuerst, Carrier & Ogden
Over 50 Years of Dedicated Family Law Experience
Spousal Support And Divorce Agreements
Spousal support, also known as alimony, can be a sticking point in any divorce proceeding. Support payments are designed to provide financial assistance to one spouse who may not be able to support himself or herself financially following a divorce. This is typical where one spouse has put a career on hold to raise children or has otherwise not held gainful employment for a significant portion of the marriage. There are, of course, other situations where a support determination may be in order.
At Fuerst, Carrier & Ogden, in Lake Charles, our attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of spousal support matters. Whether you are requesting support or are being asked to make payments, we will serve as staunch advocates for your interests. To schedule an initial consultation with our lawyers, call 337-436-3332.
Calculating The Amount Of Support
Unlike child support determinations, there are complex guidelines for establishing the amount and length of spousal support payments. There are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration, which is why having experienced legal counsel in your corner is essential.
Modifying Alimony Payments
Spousal support payments are designed to be temporary. They are meant to financially support one party until they are able to get back on their feet. It is rare that a judge will order support payments for decades into the future.
Although these payments usually come with an expiration date, there may still be circumstances where a modification may be in order. For example, if one party experiences a job loss or disability it may be wise to seek a modification to the agreement. Our attorneys can help explore and explain your options when it comes to seeking a modification.
Terminating Spousal Support
In some situations, it may be possible to terminate a spousal support agreement before it is scheduled to end. For example, if the person who is receiving support either remarries or enters into a cohabitation relationship, he or she may no longer require support payments.