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Giving legal matters their proper due important in an adoption

An adoption can be a very exciting thing for a family. After all, it involves the addition of a new person into the family; one of the most impactful and joyous events that can happen for a family.

Thus, it is understandable that families going through adoption proceedings may sometimes get a little caught up in the emotion of the whole thing. However, it is important during an adoption to not disregard the non-emotional aspects of the adoption, as these non-emotional aspects can prove to be quite important. One of these aspects are the legal issues of the adoption. 

Judge rules against Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban

Not everyone is allowed to get married in Louisiana. The state has several marriage restrictions. One is that same-sex marriages are not legal in the state.

Same-sex marriage bans can have many effects on same-sex couples, as they impact what sort of family law legal mechanisms such couples can access.

A bad marriage can have financial consequences

When it comes to divorce, one thing that society often puts a lot of focus on is how expensive divorces can be. There is no denying that divorces can have some pretty significant financial impacts. However, another thing it is important to note is that staying in a bad marriage has the potential to severely hurt the pocketbook.

When thinking of the potential negative effects of being in a bad marriage, one's mind probably goes immediately to emotional effects. However, a bad marriage can also have negative financial implications for a couple by making them more prone to certain financial bad habits.

Woman accused of attempting to kidnap her son

A woman is facing a major charge following an alleged parental kidnapping attempt.

The woman has a son. One of the terms of a custody agreement regarding the boy is that the woman is prohibited from bringing the boy to another country unless the boy's father gives permission.

Who is eligible to petition for an intrafamily adoption?

Intrafamily adoptions are one of the types of adoptions that can occur in Louisiana. These adoptions are ones in which a child is adopted by a relative.

Louisiana law has certain limitations on who is allowed to petition for such an adoption.

Military divorces have a unique set of rules

In any legal matter, it is important to know the rules of the game. In the context of divorces, this includes understanding the various processes and time limits that are involved in divorce proceedings. These processes and time limits are not a universal thing, they can vary based on several factors. One such factor is what state the divorce is occurring in, as family law can differ quite a bit from state to state. Another is whether one of the parties involved in the divorce is a member of a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Military families, whether they are connected to the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard, are in a very unique situation as compared to civilian families, as the military life has its own set of issues and challenges associated with it. The law recognizes this and military families have a unique set of legal procedures when it comes to a wide variety of different legal matters, including divorce.

Change in divorce law exempts wait period in cases of abuse

In our Aug. 4 blog post, we discussed how the law in Louisiana imposes a wait period before a separated couple can get divorced. As we said then, married couples with children must wait at least a full year from filing for divorce before the proceeding can be finalized.

Readers should know that a recent change in the law creates an exception for victims of domestic violence. As of Aug. 1, a person who was physically or sexually abused by their spouse has the right to get divorced immediately.

Louisiana has many different child support enforcement mechanisms

In divorces involving parents, one thing that a lot of time and energy is often put into is the reaching of an arrangement regarding child support. One of the important goals of child support arrangements is to ensure children are adequately supported financially. Of course, no matter how well-designed a child support arrangement is, it won't be able to achieve this goal if the parent who has a child support obligation stops making their payments.

One question a parent whose ex has fallen delinquent on child support payments may have is: what efforts can the state take to enforce the child support obligations?

What are the Child Support Guidelines?

As Louisiana parents know, kids can be quite expensive. Between school costs, activity costs, medical costs, general care costs and all the other various costs that can come up, the expenses can get rather big rather fast. Ensuring such costs are met can be essential in making sure a kid receives all the care they need to be healthy and happy and in a position to have a bright and successful future. Thus, coming to a fair and workable child support arrangement in a divorce can be a very important thing.

Oftentimes in a divorce, a non-custodial parent will end up being given a child support obligation. Sometimes, this obligation will come through an agreement between the custodial parent and the non-custodial parent, while other times it will come through a decision by a judge.

The separation time requirement for a Louisiana no-fault divorce

Even for a no-fault divorce, there are certain requirements that a couple needs to meet in order to be eligible for a divorce. For example, under Louisiana divorce law, married couples generally have to have lived separate and apart for a certain period of time in order to receive a no-fault divorce.

The length of this requirement varies depending on whether or not a couple has minor children. Couples with minor children generally have to have lived separate and apart for a continuous period of a minimum of 365 days, while couples without minor children generally only have to have lived separate and apart for a continuous period of at least 180 days.

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