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 wanting to dissolve a marriage, a couple has to decide the best way for them to go about it. What works for some Louisiana residents will not for others, and that is okay. For example, some couples may wish to utilize the mediation process rather than go through the traditional divorce process. Those who choose to mediate can still turn to legal counsel for assistance achieving the best settlement terms possible.
It is not uncommon for divorce cases to be riddled with conflict. Most people in Louisiana and elsewhere believe this is because of the actions both parties take throughout the dissolution proceedings. In some cases, that may be true, but in others, the real problem is that one spouse is a narcissist. Thankfully, an experienced family law attorney can help one achieve a fair and balanced settlement despite his or her spouse's actions resulting from this mental condition.
There is nothing easy about separating or divorcing when one has a child to consider -- particularly when it comes to the money side of things. Who is responsible for supporting the child? How much will one have to pay? This week, this column will briefly discuss how child support works in Louisiana.
According to an article published in the Spring of 2019, about 25% of mothers choose to stay home and care for their families instead of entering or remaining in the workforce. Many of these women have advanced degrees, but at the end of the day, they believe they are better serving their families by staying home. What happens, though, to these women if their marriages fail to thrive? Will stay-at-home moms in Louisiana end up getting a fair deal in divorce?
Those whose marital relationships are at an end likely want to get through the divorce process as quickly as possible so that they can move on. While quickie divorces are a thing in other states, there are laws in Louisiana that can drag out the dissolution process longer than one would like. Even though this may be the case, an experienced family law attorney can help one get through it as swiftly as possible.
Ending a marriage is an emotional affair. It is the death of something that was once viewed as beautiful and full of promise. It is difficult to get through the divorce process without letting emotions run the show. However, any family law attorney would suggest that Louisiana residents working through the dissolution process check their emotions at the door when walking into settlement negotiations or litigation.
Not all divorce cases are amicable. Some spouses fight about everything during divorce proceedings and sometimes for years after the fact -- particularly if children are involved. One way some people try to punish their former spouses is by turning their children against them. This is called parental alienation, and sadly, it is commonly seen in Louisiana family law cases.
Getting through the divorce process is difficult. Living with some of the terms after the fact can be even harder for individuals in Louisiana. Child custody, for example, is one of those things with which you may struggle. Maybe the initial order felt fine at the time, but now it is not working, or maybe you were not happy with your current arrangement from the get-go and have been on a mission to change it ever since. No matter why you want your child custody terms adjusted, legal counsel can assist you in taking the steps necessary to seek the desired changes.
Joint custody is the custody arrangement of choice in Louisiana -- except in cases where it is not deemed in a child's best interests. Making this type of arrangement work can be challenging, though. Here are some common joint custody problems family law experts often see arise.