Child support and spousal support are distinct and separate financial arrangements; however, the two are often illogically linked in the minds of former partners after a separation and/or divorce. When seasoned family law attorneys like George Read Coleman and Scott Richards Samuel work with a client on petitions for child and/or spousal support—whether the client will be paying the support or receiving it—they help them remain objective and clear headed, knowing full and well that emotions only cloud the picture when engaging in financial negotiations.
For child support, Louisiana has established financial guidelines to help avoid inconsistency and/or inadequacy of support awards. Recognized by the courts, the guidelines use a mathematical formula to calculate the amount of support. Although the guidelines are clear, the means of determining income for calculation purposes can be convoluted, especially if one or both spouses are hiding income. George Read Coleman and Scott Richards Samuel are especially adept at using the discovery phase of litigation to uncover all sources of income of the opposing side.
For spousal support, Louisiana law decrees that both parties will continue to live in circumstances as close as possible to those they enjoyed before the filing of a petition for divorce, for a specified period of time. Although there is no framework for calculating spousal support, like child support awards, the spousal support award is based upon the income of the parties.
Whether you are negotiating child and spousal support as part of a separate maintenance agreement, seeking equity during a divorce, or working to prevent the sale of assets from being improperly classified as income, George Read Coleman and Scott Richards Samuel’s experience will prove indispensable.
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George Read Coleman and Scott Richards Samuel serve clients in Jefferson and Orleans Parish, in New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, River Ridge, Harahan, LaPlace, Algiers, Gretna, Marrero and other metro New Orleans areas.
All of the information about Family Law and Divorce Law presented on this website is very general and intended to give the reader a basic understanding of these complicated and often misunderstood areas of Louisiana law. Do not make any decisions based on this information without consulting a qualified licensed attorney.