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Spousal support modifications based on income

For most Louisiana residents, alimony payments are determined at the time of divorce and remain in place for the duration of time outlined in the divorce agreement. In some cases, however, the spouse who is tasked with making spousal support payments encounters a significant change in his or her employment status. That can result in the need to alter the existing agreement, which usually requires a return to court.

Tips for selecting the right divorce attorney

Preparing to handle the end of a Louisiana marriage can be an arduous task. There are a great many decisions that must be made, especially in the early days of a divorce. Selecting a legal professional who will represent one's interests throughout the process is among the most impactful decisions that a spouse will make. Finding the right match can be difficult, but there are ways to improve the odds of an excellent pairing.

Is collaborative divorce an option for domestic violence victims?

When considering their options for ending a marriage, many Louisiana spouses who have been subjected to acts of domestic violence disregard collaboration as a viable choice. There are cases, however, where a collaborative divorce can be a good fit for someone who has lived through domestic violence. In fact, one state has recently approved new rules outlining how these cases should be handled.

Dispute over payments in divorce property settlement

For many Louisiana spouses, their pet is an important part of their family. When divorce seems likely, many people are concerned over how to ensure that their pet is properly cared for during and after that process. Pet "custody" has become a real issue in recent years, with couples reaching property settlement agreements that include very detailed provisions concerning pet care. An example is found in a couple that may be headed to court over issues regarding "pet support."

Include college tuition in child support negotiations

Negotiating the financial aspects of a divorce often takes more time than any other matter that a Louisiana couple will face as they part ways. This is understandable, as the outcome of property division, spousal support and child support negotiations will shape the financial future of both parties for many years to come. One topic that is often overlooked during discussions about child support is the manner in which the parties plan to address college tuition and expenses.

Did this child custody case rest on parental IQ levels?

Faced with a custody battle, many Louisiana residents prepare to argue over visitation schedules, decision-making responsibilities and matters of financial support. In some cases, however, a child custody fight is between the parents and state authorities. An example is found in the case of a couple from the Pacific Northwest who have lost custody of their children based on concerns about their intellect. That matter has led to debate across the nation about the limits of state authority in determining who should and should not be parents.

4 ways to move through a Louisiana divorce

Once a Louisiana couple has decided to end their marriage, the next step to consider is which approach to take to reach that goal. There are a number of different ways to process a divorce, each with a unique set of pros and cons. The following information is provided in the hopes of helping Louisiana spouses choose a path that meets their unique set of needs.

Tips on divorce from a narcissistic or psychopathic spouse

Many Louisiana spouses feel that their partner is mentally unstable, or perhaps suffering from a personality disorder. For a few unlucky spouses, however, that assessment is more than just a joke or an exaggeration. Narcissists and psychopaths are not as uncommon as many people would like to believe, and many of them are married. Moving through a divorce with one of these people can be an absolute nightmare, and requires a special approach.

Grandparents receive bolstered child custody rights in one state

Virtually every Louisiana resident is aware of at least one family where the grandparents have stepped in to provide care for their grandchildren when the parents are unable to do so. Very often, this outcome is the result of drug or alcohol abuse, and part of ongoing stress and trauma within the family. Those grandparents often have a very tenuous position when it comes to child custody rights.

How good parenting can improve child custody cases

For most Louisiana parents, losing daily access to their children is a thought that is difficult to bear. For some, however, a divorce and child custody schedule will lead to a change in the level of access that a parent has to his or her children. In the event that a child custody case is necessary, there are ways that parents can position themselves for a positive outcome.

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