Technology now plays a role in practically everything Louisiana residents do. From their smartphones individuals can order groceries, buy clothing that will be delivered to their doors, catch up on the news, communicate with friends and family members, find dates, manage work commitments and a plethora of other activities. Electronic connectivity is making the world smaller and is now impacting the way that some families handle their custodial and visitation responsibilities.
When coming up with child custody arrangements post-divorce, Louisiana residents may often consider the traditional options that would be in their child's best interests when it comes to joint physical custody and legal custody. Even though parents and courts alike try to ensure the time spent with each parent is equal to the other, it often involves a lot of upheaval for children, such as kids packing up and going from one house to another routinely. This causes confusion and the eventual phone call asking for homework or a violin to be brought from one location to another, for example.
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.