ANGELA M. WELCH Plaintiff-Appellant
NORMAN A. WELCH Defendant-Appellee
from the First Judicial District Court for the Parish of
Caddo, Louisiana Trial Court No. 592, 124 Honorable Erin
Leigh Waddell Garrett, Judge
FRANKLIN Counsel for Appellant
CHRISTOPHER STAMPS Counsel for Appellee
BROWN, MOORE, and STONE, JJ.
Welch appeals a judgment that denied her claims for interim
and final spousal support. For the reasons expressed, we
to Angela's petition, she and the defendant, Norman
Welch, got married on September 14, 2012, in Shreveport; they
had no children together; they established a marital home on
Bert Kouns, in the Summer Grove area of Shreveport; and
Norman left that home on December 16, 2015.
filed this petition for Art. 102 divorce on April 12, 2016.
She demanded interim and final spousal support. In an
income-and-expense affidavit filed in August 2016, she
claimed she was drawing unemployment benefits
("UI") of $660 a month and earning about $800 a
month cleaning people's houses; she claimed monthly
expenses of $2, 311. Notably, her expenses included rent or
house note of $1, 000, auto insurance of $150, and utilities
(gas, water, electric) of $312.
months later, Norman filed his income-and-expense affidavit,
claiming income of $2, 150 a month (in brief, he asserts this
was actually a bimonthly amount), less withholdings
and deductions of $1, 516, leaving him only about $258 net.
He claimed monthly expenses of $7, 189, creating a monthly
deficit of $6, 930. Notably, his expenses also included a
house note of $1, 400 and utilities of $370, both for the
house on Bert Kouns, and auto insurance of $350, covering the
car Angela was driving.
before the hearing, Angela filed an amended affidavit that
her housecleaning income had dropped to $200-$400 a month, so
her total income was now a mere $860-$1, 060.
hearing on final divorce and spousal support, December 5,
2015, the district court granted the parties' Art. 102
divorce and reserved their rights to partition any community
property. The court also addressed various discovery matters.