There are two types of spousal support in Louisiana: Alimony Pendete Lite (temporary support until the divorce) and After-Divorce Alimony
Alimony Pendente Lite may be awarded to a spouse who does not have sufficient income for his/her maintenance pending the divorce and is designed to maintain the status quo in both spouses’ living conditions to the extent that can be accomplished.
After-Divorce Alimony or Alimony After Divorce may be awarded to an ex-spouse who:
* has been found to be free from fault in the breakdown of the marriage; and
* does not have sufficient means for his/her support.
This type of spousal support is designed to provide the needy ex-spouse with the basic necessities of life.