Bringing Clarity To Spousal Support (Alimony) Cases
Divorce brings fear of the future, particularly when it comes to money. The lifestyle enjoyed by a married couple is over. One household becomes two. One spouse may have focused on raising children while the other worked, leading to complicated issues surrounding spousal support (also known as alimony). The financial uncertainties can be terrifying.
I can help you sift through those uncertainties and find clarity. I am William Godley, a seasoned divorce attorney and founder of the Godley Law Firm in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Regardless of whether I am representing the payor or payee, I provide dedicated representation and will litigate spousal support cases in court if necessary.
How I Approach Spousal Support Cases
Unlike child support determinations, awards of spousal support — also known as spousal maintenance or alimony — are not based on statutory formulas. Simply stated, one spouse must have a need while the other must have the means. Spousal support can be temporary or permanent, based on various factors. While there is no calculator, I still secure all the information related to professional income, disposable income and expenses. I also look at the marital lifestyle prior to the breakup.
Spouses who are self-employed or business owners sometimes present challenges in determining accurate income amounts. Accepting cash payments provides them an opportunity to hide that revenue. Paying for personal things and claiming them to be business expenses is a common tactic used as well. I address every detail, teaming with forensic accountants and other financial experts to document every penny.
I Know What You’re Going Through, And I Can Help.
As a lawyer who has also gone through a divorce, I can empathize with my Southwest Louisiana clients. I am committed to helping you through this scary transition by providing professional guidance and support each step of the way.