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Dividing retirement plan assets upon divorce in Louisiana

Ending a marriage is never a road that's easily traveled. When Louisiana couples make the decision to divorce, they have a number of issues to consider, one of which includes the decision on how to divide assets. If there are retirement plans in existence, more than likely a couple will also have to split them as well unless an agreement exists that stipulates otherwise. 

R. Kelly alleges former wife breaking divorce agreement

Musician R. (Robert) Kelly is asking a family court judge to send his former wife, Andrea, to jail. Louisiana residents may be familiar with the rap artist who is alleging his former wife is not living up to their divorce agreement by violating its confidentiality clause and by making disparaging remarks about him in public. She has apparently appeared on numerous broadcasts where she is said to have breached the divorce agreement.

Firearms being used more in domestic violence cases

Statistics show that guns play a large role in U.S. cases involving violence in the home. Chances are that Louisiana residents who have been involved in domestic violence situations have had a firearm involved in one or more incidents. More than 50 women are fatally shot by their partners every month in the country. In fact, more than half the mass shootings in America -- where four or more people are killed -- involve domestic violence.

Adoption: What it takes to adopt a child in Louisiana

Adopting a child can be one of the more rewarding and fulfilling experiences an individual or couple can experience. Louisiana has definitive rules when it comes to adoption -- putting the best interests of children in the forefront. There are certain criteria people must meet before they will be considered to be prospective adoptive parents, one of which stipulates that a person must be 18 years of age or older.

3 major issues when considering child support payments

When a couple decides their marriage is no longer viable, there are many issues to consider. Louisiana couples who decide that divorce is their only option need to think about their children and their welfare. In making decisions regarding child support and custody, family court judges will always consider what they believe are in the best interests of the children.

Divorce affects education of children differently

Parents who go through divorce likely want only the best for their children. However, most children experience some impact from the ending of their parents' marriages. Researchers have long assumed that children of divorce are less likely to complete high school or attend college. However, a recent study has shown that there is a bit more nuance to that assumption that Louisiana families may find informative.

The importance of organization in the divorce process

Couples whose marriages have broken down and who are thinking about ending their unions may give some consideration to preparing before taking a formal step. Divorce can be difficult in the best of circumstances and when Louisiana residents take some time to organize, the process may be less costly, less anxiety-inducing and may be more amicable. The first step may be to make a checklist of assets -- both personal and joint.

Divorce and the financial disclosure

Is it a simple oversight, or perhaps something more devious? The paperwork suggests one thing, but something just doesn't seem right. When it comes to divorce, determining how much one should pay in child support and alimony may require looking beyond the initial financial disclosures required by the Louisiana court.

Collecting Social Security spousal benefits after divorce

More than 95% of all American employees are covered by Social Security with the ability to collect benefits when they retire. For Louisiana residents who are married spousal benefits may figure into Social Security benefits. In the event of divorce, those benefits won't be lost, but it is important residents know their rights when it comes to how divorce can impact Social Security funds and what impact divorce might have on a retirement plan.

Breaking divorce news to young children in Louisiana

Most parents go to great lengths to protect their children from pain, whether that be physical or emotional. Louisiana parents who have decided that divorce is the only way out of a painful marriage have the tough job of breaking the news to their kids. No matter how old children are, finding out their parents are separating or divorcing is never an easy thing to process. There may be a more gentle way of telling a younger child without totally devastating his or her life.

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