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Can child support and custody orders be modified?

When finalizing a divorce, it is difficult to know if the agreed-upon terms will actually work for one's family until one has the time to experience life after the dissolution. Sometimes, everything will work out without any serious issues. Then again, sometimes it won't. Thankfully, in the state of Louisiana, certain divorce terms may be modified to better fit a family's needs -- such as child support and custody.

Figuring out custody and support terms is not always easy. Sometimes, the court has to step in and assign what it thinks is best. Other times, parents just have to hope they have come up with a plan that works. The state of Louisiana understands that life changes happen, and adjustment to divorce terms regarding one's children may become necessary. Such modifications may be required several times before one's children reach adulthood. That is okay.

Criminal defense: Consequences for driving while intoxicated

As most people know, driving while intoxicated is illegal in the state of Louisiana, just as it is in every other state. Those who are caught doing so may face some severe consequences. This week, this column will address what those consequences are and what one may do, with the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney to minimize them.

DWI laws exist to keep the general public safe. Anyone found driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will most likely be arrested and charged. The severity of the charges filed and their associated consequences if one is convicted depend on a number of factors.

Potential law changes could hurt personal injury victims

If injured in a car accident, one expects insurance to cover any losses one experiences as a result -- whether they are economic or noneconomic in nature. That does not always happen, though, and sometimes personal injury victims need to take legal action in order to seek maximum relief. Unfortunately, some lawmakers in Louisiana are trying to limit how much victims can get.

It has been reported quite frequently over the last few months that lawmakers would like to see damage caps placed on car accident lawsuits. Why? They believe that not having caps is the reason why car insurance rates in the state are so high. Current rates here are said to be some of the highest in the country.

Louisiana family law: Parental mental health and child custody

Mental health is not something a lot of people like to talk about. However, it is not something that should be brushed aside. Numerous Louisiana resident suffer from mental health problems, and these problems can affect their families in several ways. In fact, many family law professionals see it affecting parental rights and child custody arrangements.

Not all mental illnesses are severe. Many adults suffer from depression, anxiety or both, which are highly treatable. Unless these issues make it impossible for an adult to take care of and provide for him or herself and his or her children, there is no reason why either of these issues should cause a parent to lose access to his or her children.

Why putting off probate may be a bad idea

When all of a couple's assets are jointly owned and one spouse dies, the surviving spouse gets everything, right? So why go through the probate process? Probate may seem like a waste of time to some in Louisiana and elsewhere, but it has its purpose. Putting it off or not probating an estate at all can have consequences down the line.

An individual in another state recently asked if failing to probate his wife's estate is going to be a problem. According to this individual, his wife died nearly two decades ago. All the property was in both of their names, and her will left everything to him, so he never bothered going through the whole estate administration process. He says he has not had any legal issues but is curious if he should go through probate now.

Criminal defense: Several people recently charged with DWI

Police in Louisiana recently arrested two individuals in the East Baton Rouge area for driving while intoxicated. In both cases, the consequences may be significant if the accused are convicted. As such, each of these individuals can help him or herself by seeking out a criminal defense attorney with plenty of experience handling DWI cases.

According to reports, East Baton Rouge police took two people into custody for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol between Dec.7 and Dec. 9. For one individual -- a 31-year-old female -- this was her second arrest for DWI. She was also charged with reckless operation, fleeing from police and driving with a suspended license. For the other individual -- a 29-year-old male -- this was his first offense. He was also cited for driving without a license on his person.

Adoption tips to guide you through the process

Adoption can feel intimidating. You are excited. You can't wait to welcome a new child into your home. But you are also aware of what a large step it is. You have never done it before. You may need some help to guide you through the process.

We want to offer that help in any way we can. Let's start with these tips for those considering adoptions:

Louisiana family law: What to do with investments?

Divorce is difficult, and not just because it brings a relationship to a close; because a lot of work went into building the marriage, it will take a lot of work to undo it all. This is particularly true if a couple has complex assets they need to deal with during the property division phase of the divorce process -- such as investments. Thankfully, a family law attorney can assist Louisiana residents in reaching settlement terms that serve their best interests, regardless of how complex their asset situations may seem.

When it comes to investments and where they fit into divorce proceedings, a few things need to be taken into consideration. First, which investments are personal property and which are marital property? Only those that are marital property are subject to division. Second, what type of investment accounts does a couple have? Some will be easy to divide, others will be more difficult to split and some will be better off left alone.

Holiday travel on Interstate 10 is a dangerous affair

Over the next several weeks, a lot of Louisiana residents and visitors to the state will travel along Interstate 10 to get to and from their holiday destinations. While it may seem like a typical interstate, according to a recent report, it is actually one of the most dangerous stretches of road to travel during the holiday season. Why is that, and what can people do to help keep themselves safe?

Millions of Americans travel via car for holiday purposes between the end of November and the beginning of January. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that, over the last three years, on Thanksgiving and Christmas, nearly 3,400 people have died in auto collisions. Some of these accidents may have been weather-related, drunk drivers caused some and distracted drivers caused a large chunk of them.

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