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Child support and spousal support are distinct and separate financial arrangements, and yet the two are often illogically linked in the minds of former partners after a separation or divorce. When seasoned family law attorney Stephen Rue works with a client on petitions for child and/or spousal support—whether the client will be paying the support or receiving it—he helps them remain objective and clear headed, knowing that emotions only cloud the picture during 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.

For spousal support, Louisiana law decrees that both parties will continue to live in circumstances as close as possible to those they enjoyed before divorce for a specified period of time. Although there is no framework for calculating spousal support, like child support awards, the settlement is income based.

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, Stephen Rue's 28 years of experience will prove indispensable.

To learn more about Mr. Rue's qualifications in other practice areas of family law, please select one of the categories below. If you don’t see what you are looking for here, we invite you to browse our divorce areas of practice.

Child Custody
Protective Orders

Stephen Rue serves clients in St. Tammany, Washington, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemiines, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles and Orleans Parish, in Covington, Slidell, Mandeville, Madisonville, Franklin, New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, River Ridge, Harahan, Destrehan, LaPlace, Algiers, Gretna, Marrero and other metro New Orleans areas.

"Thank you Stephen Rue for  winning custody of my son for me.  I will be forever grateful," S D., Client Testimonial


Voted"BEST DIVORCE LAWYER"(Gambit Best of New Orleans) 

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Wills, Successions and Estate Litigation

Stephen Rue serves clients in Covington, Franklinton, Slidell, Madisonville, Mandeville, Bush, Hammond, Ponchtoula, Abita Springs, Lecombe, Pearl River, Amite, St. Tammany Parish, Washington Parish, Jefferson Parish, Orleans Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. John the Baptiste Parish, St. Bernard Parish, Plaquemines Parish,  in New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, River Ridge, Harahan, Destrehan, Boute, LaPlace, Algiers, Gretna, Marrero and other metro New Orleans areas throughout Louisiana.

Family Law Attorney Stephen Rue - Voted "Best Attorney", Gambit Best of New Orleans 2012,  Rted by SUPERLAYWERS 2017, top 5% Author of Best Selling Louisiana Divorce Handbook, Yelp Rated 5 0f 5 Stars, Avvo Rated 10 of 10 Superb Rating, Has Been Highly Recommended by Judges,  Attorneys, Prior & Present Clients; 28 Years Successful Experience in St. Tammany & Washington Parishes.  

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We have experienced attorneys working day in and day out to help you from the start to the finish of your divorce. With us, we'll walk you through every step of the process.  Divorce can be a complex and difficult process, even for an amicable or uncontested divorce. A formerly trusted partner is now the cause of anguish and separation.

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Stephen Rue, Esq.

Stephen Rue & Associates Family Law Firm child custody

​Stephen Rue & Associates Family Law Firm domestic violence

We give our best in helping you through a divorce that involves the custody of your children. We'll help protect you and your loved ones every step of the way. 

Stephen Rue has extraordinary experienced in handling domestic violence litigation.  Whether representing a victim in a Petition for Protection from Abuse, or representing an accused spouse or significant other regarding allegations of domestic violence, Stephen Rue can represent you or a loved one.  

Our law firm represents clients in civil proceedings as well as when criminal charges are made regarding domestic battery.


"I'm thrilled that I hired Stephen Rue.  He destroyed the other side with his great litigation skills.  Mr. Rue is simply the best in my book!  I suggest that you hire him before your spouse does."  MG, Client Testimonial

Domestic Violence

Our firm is dedicated to take care of our customers during a traumatic time. That includes offering free consultations and discounted rates for our services.  Family law is a legal specialty like no other. Individuals who cared for each other—now or in the past—are at odds about how to protect their interests or those of their minor children.  

Family law is a legal specialty like no other. Individuals who cared for each other—now or in the past—are at odds about how to protect their interests or those of their minor children.

Excellence in Family Law in All Metro New Orleans and Northshore Parishes Since 1988.

Stephen Rue


Family Law

Northshore Divorce and Custody