New Orleans, LA asked in Divorce for Louisiana

Q: Married 2 yrs 9mths. Wife 52 and disabled. Will I have to pay support for life?

My wife and I have been married for 2 years and 9 months. My wife was on disability SSI due to financial need (not SSDI base on her work history). Once we got married her SSI disability benefits were taken away. She is 52 years old and filed for divorce. We do not have any children. I have been the sole provider for the household since we were married. I know I will have to pay interim spousal support until the divorce is final. She is also asking for permanent spousal support. How long will I have to pay permanent spousal support? Will I have to pay spousal support for life?

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1 Lawyer Answer

Ellen Cronin Badeaux

Answered
  • Covington, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: Due to the brevity of the marriage, your divorce attorney should be able to successfully argue that spousal support should not last longer than the marriage, i.e. 12 mos of interim and no more than 21 mos of periodic.

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