Divorce brings fear of the future, particularly when it comes to money. The lifestyle a married couple enjoyed is over. One household becomes two. One spouse who focused on raising children while the other works faces uncertainty. Regardless of whether I am representing the payor or payee, I provide dedicated representation and will litigate spousal support cases in court if necessary.
A DeRidder Spousal Support Attorney Protecting Your Rights
Unlike child support, spousal maintenance — also known as alimony — does not have statutes and 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 provide an opportunity to hide that revenue. Paying for personal things and claiming them to be business expenses is a common tactic used as well. At the Godley Law Firm, I attend to every detail, teaming with forensic accountants and other financial experts to document every penny.
As a lawyer who has also gone through divorce, I can empathize with my Southwest Louisiana clients. However, when negotiations fail, I will aggressively pursue the best outcome on their behalf in court.