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Extracurricular activity expenses and child support

Many children and teens here in Louisiana participate in extracurricular activities at their school. From sports, to after-school choirs or bands, to theater, to art clubs, to academic clubs, there are all manner of different after-school activities kids can be a part of.

These extracurricular activities can be a great deal of fun for kids, can help them develop valuable skills and can teach them a variety of important life lessons. Kids often care quite a bit about the after-school activities they participate in, and participation in such activities is something parents often want to encourage as much as they can for their kids.

When can a Louisiana court deny a parent visitation rights?

When a child custody arrangement that a court put in place has one of a child's parents not being granted custody, the issue of what visitation rights that parent will have generally comes up.

When a parent is not given custody of their child, reasonable visitation rights are something they are typically entitled to under Louisiana law. Thus, in visitation cases involving parents, the central issue is often not whether visitation rights will be granted, but rather what the visitation arrangement will look like. 

Fault can be an issue in Louisiana spousal support matters

Most divorces here in Louisiana are no-fault divorces. No-fault divorces, as the name implies, do not require a showing that one of the parties engaged in misconduct that caused them to be at fault for the breakdown of the marriage. However, just because a divorce is no-fault does not necessarily mean that the issue of fault will not come up at all in the divorce proceedings. This is because fault can be a factor in certain divorce-related issues. One of these issues is spousal support.

One of the types of spousal support here in Louisiana is final periodic support. Under Louisiana law, there are certain requirements that need to be met in order for a judge to grant a party periodic final support. One of these is that the party must not, prior to the divorce petition being filed, have been at fault for the breakdown of the marriage.

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.

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