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Is same-sex marriage legal in Louisiana?

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few days, you know that the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Friday that makes same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. But that doesn’t exactly mean that same-sex couples in Louisiana will be able to immediately tie the knot.

In fact, CBS News reported that the Louisiana attorney general's office has said that it doesn’t believe the Supreme Court’s ruling has to take effect right away, meaning that it could be some time before the state makes same-sex marriage (and divorce) an option. 

How your debt may be divided during your divorce

As you probably already know, all of your marital assets will be divided during your divorce. What you may not know is that the same is true for your marital debts.

The next question you might have is: what makes assets or debt “marital” in nature? Typically, assets and debts that are accumulated during the marriage are considered marital in nature and are subject to division during divorce, so long as there is no prenuptial agreement in place.

Trying to reduce the stress of co-parenting communications

Many important issues can come up when a person is co-parenting with their ex. One is the issue of communicating with their ex regarding the kids. Keeping working channels of communication open between one another when it comes to the kids can be of great importance when ex-spouses are co-parenting, as such communication can be a very important aspect of bringing about the level of coordination necessary for a co-parenting arrangement to properly meet the children's needs and best interests.

Unfortunately, communicating with one's ex regarding the kids can also be stressful at times. After all, there can be a lot of animosity between ex-spouses after a divorce, and this can create some significant communication difficulties. Thankfully, there are things individuals who are co-parenting with their ex can do to try to make communicating with their ex in relation to the co-parenting arrangement less stressful.

The gray areas matter in divorce

Too many people make the mistake of looking at divorce as an "all or nothing" situation. How often have people heard statements like "My ex wants to make sure I get nothing," or "I deserve to keep everything," or even "I want to make sure my ex has no custody or visitation rights,"? People often make the assumption that divorce settlements and resolutions are this black-and-white, but this can be very misguided.

The actual process of getting divorced can be much more frustrating and less-definitive than people may anticipate. There are laws, guidelines and calculations in place to direct divorce proceedings and protect the people involved, but the fact is that many divorce settlements happen in the gray areas.

The challenges military spouses can face in relation to divorce

Every type of marriage has its own particular challenges related to it. For individuals married to a member of the armed forces, one thing that can be one of the sources of the unique challenges their marriage can face are the unique stresses and burdens military life puts on a soldier and a soldier's family.

As military marriages can have unique challenges connected to them, so too can military divorces. There are many types of special challenges that individuals who are married to a veteran can face when they divorce their spouse.  

Stepparents and their relationship with their stepkids

A marriage can lead to all manner of different changes in a person's life. If the individual a person is marrying has kids from someone else, one such change is becoming a stepparent. 

Becoming a stepparent can be quite a big change in a person's life. Unsurprisingly then, there are many things a person may be worried about when they become a stepparent. One such thing is whether they will be able to have a good and strong relationship with their stepchildren. 

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. 

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