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Intrafamily adoption in Louisiana

When you think of adoption in Louisiana, do you think of a couple adopting a child whose parents they have never met? Perhaps they cannot have children on their own, but they still want to raise a family. This is a very common type of adoption, of course, but it is important to note that intrafamily adoptions also happen frequently.

Visitation program benefits Baton Rouge non-custodial parents

Louisiana courts encourage co-parenting following a couple's separation. Isolated Baton Rouge non-custodial parents sometimes drift away from their children or are kept at arm's length by a custodial parent. The Department of Children and Family Services has a program that attempts to foster the non-custodial parent's relationship with children.

Are open adoptions more common than closed adoptions?

Society has changed its views and laws about the roles of Baton Rouge birthparents who choose to forfeit parental rights. In decades past, ongoing relationships among birthparents, adopted children and adoptive parents were nearly nonexistent. Today, at least in many domestic adoptions, open adoptions are the norm.

Covenant marriages in Louisiana haven’t discouraged divorce

Some people feel couples would stay married if marriages were harder to end. Laws in three states, including Louisiana, are testing that theory. Couples with covenant marriages take extra steps to get married and stay married, including forfeiting the right to obtain a no-fault divorce.

Payment options for Louisiana spousal support

Alimony may be awarded before and after the end of a Baton Rouge marriage. Alimony pendente lite is a spousal support agreement for married couples who are separated but not yet divorced. Spousal support paid following divorce can be temporary or permanent, although temporary alimony is more likely today than in years past, when spousal earnings were not as equal.

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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