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Tips for Louisiana residents for a less tense divorce experience

There is never an outright easy way to end a marriage. However, Louisiana couples who have decided that divorce is their only option may find it less stressful and daunting knowing that there are some ways to make the process more tolerable -- for their own sakes and for the benefit of any children they share. The first word of advice from experts is not to go through things alone -- to make sure a support system of family and friends is in place.

Domestic violence impacts child custody rulings in Louisiana

Divorce is particularly hard on children. It is particularly so when allegations of domestic abuse have been levied by one parent against the other. When it comes to child custody issues in Louisiana, family court judges will always do what is in the best interests of any children involved. As such, they take domestic violence allegations very seriously when deciding who should get custody of the children.

Finding hidden assets during the divorce process

Often when couples divorce, one spouse is responsible for paying the other. Divorce can bring out the worst in people and in some instances causes the payor of spousal support to be less than honest when it comes to his or her financial picture. Hidden assets have become one of the top issues when it comes to Louisiana couples who have decided to end their marriages.

Divorce: What it is and what it is not

There are a number of reasons a couple decides to end a marriage. Although some Louisiana couples may share some of the reasons when making the decision to divorce, it's helpful to know what divorce actually means and what it does not mean. Divorce isn't an end-all for the problems a couple may have faced, so it's important to have realistic expectations about what divorce can accomplish.

Family law: Those things co-parenting is not

Raising a healthy, happy and well-adjusted child is a difficult process. Family law rules in Louisiana provide a guideline for parents to do just that. However, when divorce is part of the equation and co-parenting comes into play, it can be more difficult and, at times, seem overwhelming. Many parents in this situation have an idea of what co-parenting means, but they should also have a handle on what it does not mean.

Making joint child custody arrangements work well

When two parents divorce, there are significant implications for the children. As a result, some parents decide that joint custody may be the right way to allow their kids have strong relationships with both of them after divorce. While this is often a beneficial child custody arrangement for many Louisiana families, it is not always easy. Working together after a divorce is final requires a commitment of the best interests of the children above all else. 

Lousiana to be presented with federal award for adoption work

When it comes to the topic of adoption, Louisiana is earmarked to receive a national award. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was recently recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It is being celebrated as one of 12 states in the country for helping foster children to be placed with families for adoption. 

Keeping divorce out of the office setting

Divorce may impact many areas of life and that can include professional life. Some Louisiana professionals may find that their divorce might affect their daily routines in the office, so having some information about how to minimize the impact may make the work environment a little less exasperating during this time. It is possible to stay on task at the office while going through a divorce.

Are divorce rates higher for couples with a special needs child?

Most parents love their children without conditions. Louisiana couples with special needs children -- whatever those needs may be -- may have increased stressful events that challenge them. It may also challenge the relationship they have as a couple and experts have wondered whether having a special needs child increases the odds that a couple may ultimately face divorce. 

Hidden assets during divorce: When the wife is the culprit

There may be animosity between partners during a divorce situation, even under the best of circumstances. It is human nature for individuals to want to keep what they believe to be theirs. Sharing, for some Louisiana residents, may be difficult when it comes to a soon-to-be former partner. This likely when one person might not be so forthcoming when it comes to his or her financial situation and so the issue of hidden assets may crop up.

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