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Who gets what in a Louisiana divorce?

Property division is one of the most contested issues in many divorce cases.

Louisiana is a community property state, which means that marital property and debt is divided 50-50, absent a prenuptial agreement. Although that sounds pretty straightforward, parties to a divorce often disagree on who should get what.

Will Britney Spears tie the knot again soon?

One of Louisiana’s most famous residents, Britney Spears, recently said that she would “love” to get married again, telling People Magazine that she “believe[s] in the fairytale.”

Spears has been dating producer Charlie Ebersol for six months, but before she starts planning on meeting him at the altar she should first think about a prenuptial agreement.

How to start getting child support in Louisiana

Under Louisiana state law, both parents have a legal obligation to support their child financially, whether the non-custodial parent wants to be actively involved in the child’s life or not.

If you are a custodial parent who is interested in seeking child support, you have come to the right place. Our firm has assisted many custodial parents in getting the support they need to raise their children.

Why choose mediation?

You have probably heard the term “mediation” before, but you may not know much about the process or whether it may be a good fit for your family law situation. Hopefully, this post will help clear up those ambiguities.  

What is mediation?

What are the steps toward a Louisiana adoption?

Adding a new member to a family is a very big undertaking, no matter how prepared an individual or a couple is for parenthood. The adoption of a child takes time, probably with good reason. Baton Rouge residents may become interested in adoption before learning much about the legal process or how adoption can impact their lives.

Settlements, jury awards and Louisiana divorces

The rules that apply to property change when a Baton Rouge resident marries and change again if the marriage ends. All states have specific laws dealing with property division during divorce, including descriptions of separate and marital property. Property settlements in Louisiana are based on community property rules or equal shares of marital property for divorcing spouses.

Tax concerns during Louisiana property settlements

The division of property can be one of the most complicated aspects of the end of a Louisiana marriage. Property ownership may be decided in a prenuptial or post-nuptial contract, an agreement reached by spouses during separation or divorce or by a family law judge.

The Louisiana stepparent adoption process

Some Louisiana families are very different than the stereotypical mother, father and children. Divorces, remarriages and other circumstances can place individuals in the same household who have no legal relationship. Stepparents are related to a spouse but have no rights concerning the spouse's children.

The best remedy for this unequal legal situation may be a stepparent adoption. An adoption by a stepparent establishes legal rights and responsibilities to a spouse's child. The legal action also severs legal ties between the child and an assumed, alleged or biological father.

Divorce and the division of Louisiana family businesses

Louisiana laws concerning marital property are unlike most other states. Most states divvy up divorce assets and debts according to equitable distribution rather than community property laws. Here, unless spouses have made earlier prior financial agreements, property settlements split ownership right down the middle.

Businesses may qualify as either separate property, belonging to one spouse, or marital property, shared by both. A business purchased before marriage is the owner's property after divorce, but there are exceptions. Problems occur when separate property is commingled with marital property.

What are social workers’ roles in child custody cases?

Louisiana social workers sometimes are asked to enter into sensitive family law cases. A social worker's sole focus in a custody dispute is the best interests of the child. A parent, attorney or the court may ask for a social worker's assistance but throughout the case, the professional remains neutral and objective.

Social workers perform evaluations based on interviews and observations of parties involved with the child custody case. Third parties, like members of an extended family and others in the child's life, also may be interviewed. Reports provided by child caregivers, schools, health care providers and others are reviewed.

Contact Our Child Custody And Support Lawyers In Baton Rouge

We will take the time to learn as much as possible about your situation. Based on your goals and circumstances, we will help you determine the best course of action. Contact a Louisiana family law attorney at our law firm today.

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