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Fault-based divorce could assist with child custody, alimony

Most people have heard of divorce being granted due to irreconcilable differences. In Louisiana, this method of divorce is known as 'no-fault' divorce. Through this route, parties do not have to prove that the other spouse did anything wrong. The vast majority of marriage dissolutions follow this path, as no-fault divorces often provide the least resistance and allow parties to quickly end the relationship and settle pending family law matters. Yet, pursing a divorce on no-fault grounds is not the only option available to Louisianans.

E-communications complicating divorce?

Sometimes divorce can be settled amicably, meaning that the parties work well together in addressing pertinent legal issues, such as property division, child custody, child support, and alimony, and are able to reach a fair resolution with which all are comfortable. However, there are other times when even the most skilled mediator is able to bring parties to an agreement regarding one or more of these issues. When this happens, the matter may need to be taken to court.

Divorce: e-communications not as private as many think

With the technological revolution that has engulfed the globe over the last 20 years or so, individuals' lives are becoming more and more open for public viewing. This is particularly true of social media accounts. Although most individuals in Louisiana expect a certain level of privacy when it comes to their social media accounts, text messages and emails, the fact of the matter is that they may not be as private as one thinks.

Louisiana firm crafting compelling family law arguments

In our last blog post we discussed a messy high-asset divorce where some family law issues have lingered for years. It's not uncommon for these matters to arise from time-to-time, even post-divorce. One parent may want to seek sole custody of their child, another may want to modify an existing child support obligation, or, as was the circumstance in the case discussed last week, one former spouse may want to modify an alimony obligation.

Divorce legal issues can linger for years after divorce

Regardless of who you are, your financial standing or your family makeup, getting a divorce can force you to deal with some serious legal issues. The outcome of these matters can reshape your financial and emotional future, and may even define how much time you get to spend with your children. Although many couples are able to resolve these family law legal issues in an amicable way, many others are forced to take their marriage dissolution to court where arguments are made and a judge issues a ruling to settle the matters.

Alimony and a spouse's educational expenses

For many Louisianans, divorce is much more than an emotional breakup, it is a financial one, too. Choosing to end a marriage may mean leaving a financial lifeline and a lifestyle that an individual once enjoyed. This can be stressful, especially when one spouse gave up their career for the betterment of their spouse or family. These individuals might feel cheated out of their future, and might be left wondering whether they should stay in their ruined marriage simply for financial purposes.

What is the general timeline for a divorce?

Some people in Louisiana know, generally speaking, how divorce works. In essence, you break up with your spouse, divide your assets, determine child custody and set any child support and spousal support obligations. In reality, though, divorce is much more nuanced, and you may find yourself wondering how it works from a technical aspect. Although it may seem basic, understanding the simple timeline of a divorce can help you get a grasp of what is to come and what to expect.

QDRO may be necessary to protect financial interests in divorce

Getting a divorce can certainly take a tremendous emotional toll on an individual in Louisiana. What was once a steady relationship has come to an end, sometimes amicably and sometimes with a ton of negative animosity. Moreover, divorced individuals need to find a way to begin their new post-divorce life. Although this can be emotionally challenging, it can also be a financial struggle as a divorce by necessity involves property division.

Mental health can affect divorce legal issues

To an outsider in Louisiana, the divorce legal process can seem quite simple: spouses who no longer get along divide their property and time with their children and go their separate ways. But what happens when the law prevents an individual from even saying that he or she wants to end a marriage? That is the case in one Kentucky case that is drawing a lot of attention. As this case highlights, the law can complicate matters significantly in an effort to ensure fairness and the protection of certain rights.

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