There are challenges when it comes to being a noncustodial parent after going through a divorce, one of which includes maintaining a positive relationship with the children. When it comes to child custody in Louisiana, the time noncustodial parents spend with their kids is governed, for the most part, by a calendar. But that doesn't mean the kids, nor the parents need to suffer.
Single individuals who are looking to have children are embracing a new phenomenon called platonic parenting. Louisiana family law rules still apply to this type of situation -- where people agree to have a child together but don't have a romantic relationship, but rather a friendship. They work positively to co-parent the child even though, apart from parenting, they maintain separate lives.
Understandably, celebrity marriage breakups are difficult for those involved. Unlike most Louisiana couples going through a divorce, their private situations are displayed in the media for all to see. Such is the case with the Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines and her estranged husband. They've been battling over the contents of a prenuptial agreement.
Something that many people have to be concerned about as their loved ones age is the risk of elder abuse. Elder abuse can be a real issue for some families. Even if the abuse isn't physical, it could be financial or exploit the elder in other ways.
Growing old is something most of us don't escape -- if we're lucky. Getting older doesn't have to mean losing out on many of life's adventures, especially for those Louisiana residents who have peace of mind having an advance health care directive in place. It's comforting for people to know that they have something in place that allows someone to make health care decisions for them if they can't. No one knows what life has in store and it's better to be prepared.