Spousal and Child Support Services in Gretna
Two of the most contentious aspects of a Louisiana divorce: child support and alimony. Spouses disagree about appropriate payments and how they should be disbursed. Some spouses fail to abide by court orders. These and other issues can be resolved with assistance from a Gretna spousal support attorney such as Barbara Madere.
The goal of spousal support (often referred to as alimony) is to ensure that the recipient maintains the same standard of living after divorcing. Often, alimony accounts for differences in income due to one spouse leaving the workforce to care for children. In Louisiana, temporary support (sometimes called alimony pendente lite) helps those who lack sufficient funds during the divorce. Later, post-divorce alimony allows the recipient spouse to get back on his or her feet. Courts take ‘voluntary’ unemployment and underemployment into account so as to ensure fair arrangements.
In Louisiana, both parents are expected to contribute towards the child’s care. In most cases, however, one parent holds physical custody while the other pays support. The state maintains strict child support guidelines so as to streamline the decision-making process.
Factors used to determined monthly child support payments include the following:
- The number of children the parents have together
- The number of children the paying spouse has from previous relationships
- The custody arrangement (split versus sole physical custody)
- The income of both parents
Enforcing Child and Spousal Support Orders
Your ex-spouse’s failure to pay child support and alimony on time can create a significant burden for you and your loved ones. With assistance, however, it’s possible to enforce support orders. Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services maintains an office for enforcing orders; in urgent cases, however, divorcees may find it easier to achieve a desired outcome by working with a private legal representative. An assertive Gretna child support attorney, Barbara Madere can locate non-paying spouses and hold them accountable.
Modifying Child and Spousal Support
Circumstances can change quickly, leaving the paying spouse unable to afford child support or alimony. In select circumstances, it may be possible to modify orders. For example, if the paying spouse loses his or her job, successful modification may lead to a lower payment.
Whether you’re looking to establish support, enforce an existing order, or modify arrangements, you can benefit from the assistance of a skilled legal representative. Gretna child support attorney Barbara Madere is happy to help. Reach out today to learn more about her approach to spousal and child support negotiations.