Once a couple decides to end their marriage, it means they are terminating most of their rights and duties for and to one another. But when children are involved, the obligations to the children remain very much alive. That means that the divorcing couple has to figure out how they are going to share custody of their children; where the children will physically live and how decisions regarding the children's future will be made. In addition to this, parents also have to figure out how the parent without physical custody will visit the children. Usually, a non-custodial parent cannot just get up on a whim and decide that they want to pick up the kids from school.
As the beginning of the school year approaches, many children returning to school in Louisiana may be nervous about their new beginnings. A new class, new friends or a new school altogether can cause children of all ages anxiety about their first day. When the child's parents have gone through a divorce during the summer and are now living separately for the first time, the first day of school can be even more overwhelming. There are, however, a number of steps divorced parents can take to ensure their child's first day back goes as smoothly as possible.
Last week's blog discussed the best interests of the child standard as it pertains to custody decisions. When making child custody decisions, courts assess a number of factors to determine what is in the best interests of the children in question before making a child custody order. Generally, Louisiana courts lean towards awarding joint physical custody if the parents are in close proximity to one another. However, when this does not happen, then the parent who does not have primary custody, also referred to as the noncustodial parent, has to work out a visitation schedule.
When a marriage breaks down and a couple heads for a divorce, the first thing they think about if they have children is custody. Generally, all parents want what is best for their children, but they may disagree as to how to attain that. This is why they may not be able to come to a joint agreement about child custody. If they agree to the terms, the court will generally honor that agreement; however, when they do not come to an agreement, the court must intervene.
As readers of this blog know, getting divorced is rarely easy. Complicated family law issues often arise, leaving individuals fighting over money, property, and even their children. Yet, the struggle regarding these matters is not relevant to just those facing marriage dissolution. Even those who were in an unmarried relationship can find themselves squabbling over property. This situation is becoming more and more common as more younger couples are putting off marriage.
Most Louisianans are easily able to separate their personal and professional lives. However, when one's profession has a direct impact on his or her personal life, it can be difficult to untangle the two. This may not happen all that often, but it can become an issue when couples divorce and child custody becomes a heated dispute.
Although most Louisianans don't consider themselves to have the same life experiences as celebrities, their lives may be more similar than first thought. This is especially true when a Louisianan finds him or herself amidst divorce. Divorce legal issues don't discriminate based on income or notoriety and, at its heart, most people, whether celebrity or not, value the same things. For many going through marriage dissolution, this means trying to figure out what is best for their children.
When children are thrust into the middle of a divorce, the matter can be difficult on an emotional level for all parties involved. Parents might have differing ideas about what is best for the children, and the children themselves may feel torn about which parent they want to spend time with. As tough as settling child custody and visitation can be during marriage dissolution, these issues don't die once a resolution is reached. Instead, child custody modification, as well as visitation modification, may be justified if certain problems arise.
When a relationship in Louisiana comes to an end, whether through divorce or an unmarried couple's breakup, children can be thrust into the center of the split. In these instances, like in the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce discussed last week, parents may find themselves in heated exchanges over child custody. Whether you are looking to determine initial custody matters out of a divorce, or you are trying to modify child custody, you need to make sure you make strong legal arguments that support your position.
Our media tends to fixate on celebrity couples and their successes and failures. Though many of us may experience fatigue hearing about celebrity divorce and spats over alimony, oftentimes within these stories are lessons to be learned. A Louisianan may be able to better see how a high-asset divorce may affect them and how child support matters can affect their day-to-day lives. Another area where celebrity divorces can be illustrative is child custody.