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Family law: Divorce especially difficult on older couples

There is never a time when divorce is easy, but it can be especially challenging for people who are in their 50s or older. Thankfully, Louisiana residents who find themselves in this kind of situation have some tools under family law which might help them get through what could otherwise be a painful process. This is especially true since the divorce rate has nearly doubled since 1990 for those over the age of 50.

Louisiana adoption: Can a baby be adopted by a friend?

When a woman or couple is expecting an unplanned child, she or they often have to ask a lot of hard-hitting questions. It may be that the loving solution chosen is adoption. It's never an easy decision for Louisiana residents to make, and adoption, which falls under family law, can be confusing. For instance, is it possible for a woman or couple to have a friend or someone they know adopt their baby?

Spousal support modification in Louisiana divorce settlements

When a couple divorces, usually one partner ends up paying spousal support to another. Louisiana residents who do pay support to their former spouses or receive that support, may wish to have support modification at some point due to life's changing circumstances. There is a formal way to seek such a modification -- whether it is for a reduction in payment on the payor's end or an increase in the payment from the perspective of the payee.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and wife headed for divorce

The marriage of one of the richest men in the world is coming to an end. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie, are headed for divorce. When marriages break down in Louisiana and elsewhere in the country, family law rules apply even when -- as in Bezos' case -- a fortune of $137 billion is at stake. 

Child custody: Being a noncustodial parent in Louisiana

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.

Louisiana family law: Platonic parenting gaining popularity

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.

Dixie Chick lead singer, husband battle over prenup in divorce

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.

Hidden assets in divorce: Cryptocurrency posing a challenge

It's difficult to find cryptocurrency online. Divorcing Louisiana residents who are intent on hiding assets during their divorces may use this to their advantages. It's something the legal profession has been wrestling with for a while now. There are more divorce cases heading to court that involve these kinds of hidden assets, and statistics show that the majority of people who own these assets are men under the age of 30. That's also around the average ages of couples divorcing in the country.

Divorce in Louisiana: What happens if a spouse is hiding assets?

Divorce can be filled with all kinds of animosity and the last thing on many soon-to-be former spouses' minds is sharing. But with divorce in Louisiana, by law each spouse has to be transparent with the other when it comes to financial assets. That's not always the case, however, and some spouses resort to hiding what they have because they don't believe everything they have should be shared.

Jenna Dewan serves Channing Tatum with divorce papers

It looks like Jenna Dewan wants to make the split from Channing Tatum legal. The actress recently filed for divorce from her actor husband, from whom she has been separated since April of this year. Used by some individuals in Louisiana as well, Dewan cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. The couple share a five-year-old daughter.

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