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Many things to consider when deciding what age of child to adopt

There are many important things to give careful thought to when considering adopting a child. One is what age of child to pursue adopting.

Many different things can influence a prospective adoptive family's decision regarding what age of child they are going to try to adopt. Some such things include: the current layout of the family, what stage of life the parents of the family currently are in and what age of children the parents feel they would be best suited for raising. Another thing families may want to factor in when making such a decision is among what age groups of children is there currently a particularly major need for adoptive families.

A newlywed's age and divorce likelihood

Some interesting results recently came out of a study that looked at divorce likelihood and a person's age at time of marriage. The study reviewed some U.S. survey data from 2006 to 2010 to see how divorce likelihood varied among individuals based on how old they were when they got married.

The study appears to indicate that age 32 is currently a tipping point when it comes to divorce likelihood trends here in the United States. The study found that when a person is under the age of 32, the older they are at the time of their marriage, the less likely they are to get divorced. The study additionally found, however, that when a person is over the age of 32, the older they are when they get married, the more likely their marriage is to end in divorce.

Unique issues that apply to military divorce

Being in the military is more than just a career; it affects most aspects of your life, including your divorce. If you are a military member or veteran and you are going through a divorce, it’s very important to work with a family law attorney who has experience handling your specific kind of case.

While the divorce process is very similar for members of the military as it is for civilians, there are special laws and issues that apply.

Big wage gap between working moms and working dads in Louisiana

A recent National Women's Law Center study indicates that there is a particularly wide gap between the average earnings of working moms and the average earnings of working dads here in Louisiana.

According to the study, $55,000 is the average yearly income of working dads in the state, while the average for working moms in the state is only $32,000. Thus, here in Louisiana, for every dollar the average working father makes, the average working mother only makes 58.2 cents. 

How a prenup can impact the timing of a divorce

When should you divorce? The answer to this question may seem obvious. You should divorce when your marriage is no longer working. While there is certainly truth to that, other factors can -- and should -- play a role in the exact timing of a couple's divorce.

One of those factors is a prenuptial agreement. Prenups are continuing to grow in popularity among soon-to-be-wed couples. As couples marry later in life, they bring more wealth to their marriage that they want to protect. For some of these couples, the terms of the prenup may help them decide exactly when to file for divorce.

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.  

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