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Avoid overlooking assets when divorcing

Divorce mistakes can have some substantial negative impacts on a person. Mistakes can potentially occur in connection to all manner of different aspects of a divorce, including property division. When a divorcing individual makes a mistake in connection to property division, it can harm them financially, as it could result in them ending up with a property division arrangement that is not well-aligned with their financial best interests. 

There are many mistakes it can be very important for divorcing individuals to avoid in relation to property division. Today we will be focusing on one such mistake: overlooking assets.

Is there a limit on how small a child support award can be?

There are many different rules and laws here in Louisiana that courts are to use when making child support decisions. Thus, there are many different things that can impact what size of child support award a court will order in a given child support case.

Here in Louisiana, there is generally a limit on how low a child support award a court decides to grant can be. This is because Louisiana law has a mandatory minimum child support award amount in place. The mandatory minimum amount that the law sets is $100.

What happens in a divorce could impact future home buying ability

Much of a person's attention in a divorce may end up being drawn to the divorce's short-term impacts. However, it is important to not lose sight of the long-term impacts of a divorce. Among the long-term impacts a divorce can have are long-term financial impacts.

For example, what happens in a divorce can sometimes impact a divorcing individual's ability to take certain types of financial actions in the future. One example of this is that a divorcing person's ability to purchase a home in the future can potentially be affected by what occurs in their divorce.

Is joint custody less stressful for kids than sole custody?

One of the big decisions that can come before divorcing parents when negotiating a child custody agreement or a court when making a child custody decision in a divorce is whether to have the child live with just one parent or have the child's living situation be split between the two parents.

What living situation a child ends up in after their parents divorce can potentially impact many things. A recent study indicates that one thing it might impact is how stressed the child is. 

Expedited processes sometimes available in military family law matters

There are all sorts of different special circumstances that go along with military service. Sometimes, these special circumstances can raise special concerns when a military member is involved in a family law matter. This is one of the reasons why there are special rules and laws in place regarding military family law issues.

One of the special circumstances related to military service is deployment. A military deployment can sometimes have the potential to throw off the normal timetable of a family law matter. For example, an upcoming deployment may make it so a given family law issue needs to be dealt with particularly quickly.

Divorce via Facebook: Has the law has caught up with technology?

Many people in Lafayette may have heard about the recent and groundbreaking divorce ruling out of New York. A woman who has been unable to track down her husband was allowed to serve him divorce papers by private Facebook message. Now, some are wondering what this means for the law in general.

It is a common conception that the law is slow to catch up to technology. In some states, sending divorce papers by fax or FedEx is not even allowed. Although this ruling will not change divorce laws overnight, it may indicate a shift toward an alignment with modern times.

Financial lies among spouses can be very damaging

Lies are generally not a good thing in a marriage. Financial lies are no exception to this. When a person lies to their spouse about financial matters, it can cause some serious problems. Some examples of financial lies that can be particularly damaging in a marriage are: 

  • Lies about purchases.
  • Lies about income amount.
  • Lies about income source.
  • Lies about bank accounts.
  • Lies about debt.
  • Lies about loaning money to others.

When will sole custody be awarded in a Louisiana divorce case?

Sometimes, in a custody matter in a divorce of parents, custody of the parents' children is awarded to just one of the parents rather than both of them. Under Louisiana law, there are two main circumstances under which a sole custody arrangement will be put in place in a divorce of parents.

One is if the divorcing parents reach a child custody agreement which gives one of them sole custody. Under state law, in divorce child custody matters in which the parents reach an agreement regarding what the custody arrangement will be, the court the matter is before is to match its child custody award to the terms of the agreement unless it finds that doing so would not be in the best interests of the involved child. 

Major life events and divorce

There are many different major life events that can occur to a couple in the years after they get married. Some of these events can generate a fair amount of marital stress and thus have the potential to have significant impacts on a marriage. Some examples of major life events that can affect a marriage in big ways include:

  • Job changes.
  • A couple having to live apart for a long period of time for work reasons.
  • Becoming empty-nesters.
  • Serious illness.
  • Infidelity.
  • Traumatic events.

Could normal routines help keep kids away from sugary drinks post-divorce?

What terms are in a custody arrangement could have long-lasting impacts on a divorcing couple's children. Thus, when in proceedings or negotiations aimed at reaching such an arrangement, it is important for parents to keep in mind their children's bests interests and what sorts of things could impact these interests. Attorneys can provide divorcing parents with guidance on what sorts of factors it will be important to take into account when trying to hammer out a child custody arrangement given their particular family circumstances.

One thing that it can be important for parents to be mindful of when trying to come up with a child custody arrangement is what effects the specific terms of the arrangement will have on the ability to maintain normal routines for the kids post-divorce. How much normal routines are able to be kept for children after a divorce has the potential to impact many things. A recent study indicates it might have effects on a child's dietary habits.

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