When it comes to family law issues, it is not only the parents that encounter these. In some situations, grandparents might be faced with limited access to their grandchildren. Whether it is related to a pending or recently finalized divorce or not, grandparents should understand that they have rights afforded to them in these matters. There are three provisions under Louisiana's family law governing grandparents' rights. These laws have different purposes but also complicate compliance.
Regardless of whether a divorce takes an emotional toll on an individual, the truth of the matter is that it can lead to financial instability. This is especially true when one spouse was the primary wage-earner, or if that spouse's income is much larger than the other's. On account of this, a divorce can leave a lower or non-earning spouse facing a standard of living that is much less than that to which he or she has become accustomed. This is why many Louisianans choose to seek alimony, also known as spousal support, and aggressively fight for a fair share of marital property.
There's no question that divorce can take a toll on all individuals involved. Soon-to-be ex-spouses can face financial losses and experience anger and frustration at the process, and they may even see their time with their children limited. But children, too, are affected by divorce, and perhaps more so than we care to think.
Property division, child custody, and child support are some of the many family law issues that are often associated with divorce in Louisiana. While these matters are certainly prevalent in divorce cases, they can also arise in instances where splitting couples are not married. This is becoming more common, too, as many young couples are putting off marriage in hopes of finding financial stability first. Yet, without the legal boundaries established by a legal marriage, these couples can find themselves squabbling over really important issues since there is no clearly defined way to handle them.
Marriage dissolution can be an emotionally trying time. After all, spouses that have, in some instances, spent decades together have to untangle their shared lives, which can expose old and fresh wounds and threaten financial instability. The process can be even more heart-wrenching when children are involved. How a divorce involving children is handled may be crucial for the child's well-being for years to come.
Nowadays, more and more grandparents find themselves in a situation where they need to care for their grandchildren. The reasons are various, whether due to parents who are unwilling or unable to parent or the sudden passing of a child's parents. However, there are just as many grandparents who want to spend more time with their grandchildren, but this valuable time is being threatened. This most often occurs when a child's parents get a divorce, with one parent being granted sole custody.
A few weeks ago on this blog we discussed the visitation laws in Louisiana and why they are important for parents to understand. Those who are unaware of these laws may fail to take advantage of them when doing so is in their child's best interests. However, simply choosing to be knowledgeable about the law isn't enough to truly protect your legal rights. If you are seeking to exercise your visitation rights, you need to know how to make compelling legal arguments that support your position.
On its surface divorce and its legal issues can seem relatively simple: a married couple decides to break up and they divide their assets and time with their children. This is a far too simplistic view of divorce. The reality for thousands of Louisianans is that divorce legal issues are complicated and the outcome of them can drastically affect their post-divorce life. Child custody, child support and asset division can all be challenging in their own rights, but there can also be special circumstances that make resolving these matters even more problematic.
If you have children, then you likely make them a priority in your life. You probably want what is best for them with regard to their education and upbringing. While this isn't always a problem, you may find yourself facing difficulties with regard to seeing, providing for or protecting your children. This issues often come up in family law, not only with regard to child custody and child support, but also with visitation.
Many Louisianans are familiar with adoption and how that can relate to parental rights and one's legal responsibility for a child. However, not as many are familiar with the concept of guardianship. Guardianship can prove extremely beneficial for parents, those seeking guardianship and children. We hope this post will help shed some light on the topic and help individuals better determine if guardianship is something that they should consider.