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Child Support & Spousal Support

Louisiana Child Support

Louisiana calculates child support based on the Louisiana Child Support Guidelines. The premise of these guidelines is that child support is a continuous obligation of both parents. Child support is intended to provide for the financial needs of children, including their housing, clothing, food and other living expenses. Usually, a child’s non-domiciliary parent is ordered to pay support to the parent who has primary physical custody. However, there may be an exception to this rule in your case. Discussing Louisiana child support laws with a family law attorney at the very early stages of your case can be crucial.

In Louisiana, the amount of a child support is calculated by taking into consideration several factors. These factors include the gross monthly income of the parties, health insurance, tuition, daycare for the children, out-of-pocket recurring medical costs and other factors that could have an impact on a child support award. Further, adjustments to support can also be made to account for the amount of parenting time exercised by the paying parent.

The Court will also take into consideration extraordinary circumstances that may or may not warrant either a reduction or increase in a monthly child support obligation. Some of these collateral issues can be very important, such as the payment of medical expenses for a child with special health needs, so be sure to consider all costs associated with the care and education of your child and discuss them with a Louisiana family law attorney in detail. Failure to do so could result in an inadequate or inappropriate child support order.

Lafayette Child Support Attorney Joshua S. Guillory is prepared to assist you in your child support case. If you or a loved one have legal questions related to child support or Louisiana child support laws, please call our office at (337) 233-1303 or click here to arrange a consultation with Family Law Attorney Josh Guillory.

Spousal Support in Louisiana

Spousal support was commonly referred to as “alimony” in the past. The two types of spousal support in Louisiana are interim spousal support and final spousal support. Louisiana family law courts will generally determine interim spousal support by weighing three factors: the needs of the recipient party, the ability of the other party to pay, and the standard of living of the parties during the marriage.

When the issue of interim spousal support arises, the requesting party is generally already in a stage of panic. That person is not only worrying about getting settled in this very new transition in their life, but they may also be concerned with getting their children in a stable environment. Worrying about finances during this particular phase is the last thing that a recently-separated spouse in need wants to focus on. These fears are warranted, and having an effective family law attorney fight for your rights can be the key to peace of mind.

In addition to interim spousal support, a Louisiana Family Court may also award final spousal support. In determining final support, the courts will consider several factors. The first factor that is determined is whether or not the requesting party is free from fault prior to the filing of the divorce. The Court will also consider the needs of the receiving party and the ability of the other party to pay.

Joshua S. Guillory is an experienced family law attorney who is familiar with the laws governing spousal support. Contact our office today at (337) 233-1303 or click here to arrange a consultation.


In addition to handling family law issues, Joshua S. Guillory is prepared to help individuals with a wide range of legal matters, such as criminal defense, estate planning to include wills and trusts, business law, and personal injury. Do not hesitate to call The Law Office of Joshua S. Guillory, LLC at 337-233-1303 or click here to send a message to our firm.