Family Law

When legal matters place stress on your life and family, hire the right lawyer to effectively address your family law situation. At the law firm of Nicaud & Sunseri, our experienced lawyers and staff strive to provide high-quality, thorough family law representation specifically tailored to the unique needs of each client. Our attorneys handle the full spectrum of family law cases, including:

  • Divorce
  • Military divorce
  • Dating during divorce
  • Custody and visitation
  • Grandparents' rights
  • Child support
  • Child support modification
  • Property settlement
  • Marital fraud/ hidden assets
  • Alimony/ spousal support
  • Family mediation
  • Paternity
  • Domestic violence
  • Adoption

We will take the time to learn as much as possible about your situation. Based on your goals and circumstances, we will help you determine the best course of action for the following categories.

Helping Families in Crisis

The decision to end a marriage is not made easily or lightly. If you are dealing with divorce, or other family law issues, we can advise you of your legal options and guide you through the court procedures. Our law firm has assisted many clients in understanding and working through their family law issues.

Divorce

There are multiple parts to a divorce that can be emotionally-charged and highly contested. Our lawyers assist clients in obtaining a resolution to their divorce that is in their best interests. Spousal support (alimony) and child custody, visitation and support issues often arise during the divorce. Our firm has extensive experience in handling these issues within the context of the divorce.

Division of Property

Almost all married couples own property together. Also, Louisiana is a community property state. When you divorce, you have to divide all marital assets and debts; home mortgage, car or truck loans and credit card debt. With the exception of assets received by inheritance or acquired with separate funds, all property acquired during the marriage must be divided equitably. We help clients understand how the laws of property division apply in their divorce.

Child Support

In a divorce or when unmarried parents separate, a parent will seek child support or child support is being sought from a parent. Our firm can also help with child support issues in situations where the parents have never been married.

Child Custody and Parenting Plans

When children are involved, the divorcing couple have many complex decisions to make. Even though they will no longer be husband and wife, they will always be parents. We counsel our clients and draft workable child custody and visitation plan. We also help them establish child support and defend their parental rights, including visitation rights. Our lawyers also help parents who have never been married deal with custody issues.

Adoption

We also assist clients with local adoptions. We handle:

  • Infant adoptions
  • Stepparent adoptions
  • Child adoptions
  • Adult adoptions for inheritance purposes

Premarital Agreements

Some people think that if they have a prenuptial agreement, they are planning on getting divorced. However, said reasoning is not always applicable. By creating a prenuptial agreement, all you are planning to do is treat your property differently than how the state of Louisiana has decided your property should be treated.

The state of Louisiana has decided that everyone who gets married in this state should live under a community property system. However, through a premarital agreement, you and your spouse can jointly decide how to treat your property while married and in the unfortunate event of a divorce.Our lawyers often draft these agreements for business owners, people with children from a prior marriage, as well as people who have separate property they want to protect.

Paternity Actions

Our family law attorneys file paternity actions for both mothers and fathers of children born outside of marriage. Mothers often file a paternity action to seek child support payments from the father. Fathers may initiate a paternity action to receive visitation rights or to disavow paternity of a child in a divorce situation. DNA results in a paternity action can be obtained in as little as seven days. Once paternity is established, our attorneys can help you seek child support or visitation rights in family court.

Mediation

Many courts issue an order of mediation when a divorce is filed, in order to encourage alternative dispute resolution. Mediation is often a means to minimize legal expense and to arrive at a resolution that is the product of the work of the parents, as opposed to being imposed by the court in a litigation setting.

Contact Our New Orleans Family Law Attorneys: 504-662-9596

For more information or to schedule a consultation with our Metairie family law attorneys, call 504-662-9596 or complete the contact form on this site.