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Understanding different spousal support options

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2019 | Firm News

In most marriages, spouses become financially intertwined, meaning that they depend on each other to some extent regarding income. Financial dependence within a marriage can be perfectly healthy and functional. However, if the couple decides to go through a divorce, this is where things can get complicated.

If you have been financially dependent on your spouse during your marriage and you are now getting divorced, you will probably be concerned about how you will manage to support yourself in the future. This can be especially true in situations where the spouse with a lower income is the primary caregiver of the children.

Spousal support, otherwise known as alimony, is put in place in order to address these types of financial discrepancies between spouses. The following are the main types of spousal support that are awarded according to the situation.

Permanent spousal support

Permanent spousal support is relatively rare, because it will be in place until the death of either party or until the recipient remarries. Although it is considered to be permanent, it can be modified according to changes in circumstances.

Reimbursement spousal support

If you believe that there are financial debts that you are owed from the marriage, you may be able to regain these through reimbursement spousal support. For example, if you paid college tuition fees for your divorcing spouse and they now have a successful career, a repayment plan could be set up to balance this.

Rehabilitative spousal support

Many divorcees need some time to achieve financial independence. This may require them to undertake training so that they can find a job. Rehabilitative spousal support may be awarded to help this person get on track and to become financially independent.

Temporary spousal support

Temporary spousal support is perhaps the most common of all arrangements. It is put in place so that all parties can adjust to the lifestyle changes of becoming single, with minimal financial stresses.

If you want to find out what type of spousal support you could be entitled to in Louisiana, it is a good idea to start by considering your ability to earn an income while factoring in the child care duties that you have.