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Read this if you're a non-custodial parent

Like many divorced parents in Louisiana and beyond, when you signed the divorce papers, you immediately started to worry about how the situation was going to affect your children. You've known enough friends and family members who have gotten divorced to know that kids often encounter serious emotional challenges as they try to adapt to new lifestyles after their parents' divorce.

As a non-custodial parent, you want to make sure you maintain an active, healthy and close relationship with your kids. They mean the world to you, and you don't want any type of legal issue to arise between you and your ex that adversely affects your parent/children relationship. Protecting your rights doesn't mean you are placing legalities above your children's best interests; in fact, sometimes, it means you are doing what's best for them.

What constitutes unfit parenting in a custody battle?

No matter how often you and your spouse argued during marriage, it doesn't necessarily mean either of you is a bad parent. Like most Louisiana families, you've probably had good days and some not so good when it comes to raising your children.

Unfit parenting, on the other hand, is an entirely different thing.

4 factors to consider when thinking about divorce

When you said, "I do," you likely made that vow with the intention of staying with your spouse through sickness and health, the good times and bad, and various other scenarios.

However, you may have more recently begun to think that instead of making a vow, your partner duped you into an agreement to which the other party did not intend to adhere. Your once-loving relationship may now have you wondering how you could have ever married your spouse in the first place.

5 ways to keep the peace when holiday custody issues arise

This holiday season, you may be no different from other parents who look forward to spending time with their children. Maybe your calendar is loaded with gatherings, parties, pageants and concerts, and you hope to join other family members in their celebrations. There is only one thing holding you back: your joint custody order.

If you and your ex-spouse are still in the early years since your divorce, it may be difficult to meet him or her with requests to alter the custody schedule for holiday events. Nevertheless, here are five tips to help you get the most out of your meeting.

  • Be prepared

What to expect regarding your kids' reactions to your divorce

Like most parents, you likely have days when parenting feels like the most rewarding experience of your life and also times when you just hope you can make it through the day because your kids are causing you so much stress. Something adults don't always consider is that grownups also sometimes do things that cause children stress as well.  

Divorce is one type of situation that can cause disruption and stress in children's lives. If you end your marriage, does it necessarily mean that you are going to ruin your children's lives? No, it does not; however, it likely means that they (and you) will encounter challenges as they come to terms with the situation and take their first steps toward a new lifestyle.  

Why should you consider a prenuptial agreement?

Louisiana couples planning to marry rarely consider what will happen if the marriage ends in divorce. Thinking about this possibility is unromantic and may seem impractical, but in reality, it can be prudent to do so.

If you are preparing to walk down the aisle, it is smart to think about the benefits of a prenuptial agreement.

How to best remedy potential hidden asset issues in your divorce

In Louisiana and throughout the nation, the court tries to keep the best interests of all parties involved in mind when making property division decisions during any divorce.

Every state's divorce laws are different, so it's a good idea to seek clarification of the laws in your state before entering litigation. If you're unsure about a particular issue, don't be afraid to ask someone who can lead you to the answers.

Going through divorce in Louisiana? Let's talk custody.

Are you the type of person who quickly rebounds from negative situations, keeps your eyes on the future and never looks back? Perhaps, you are among those whose emotions are a driving force, which sometimes causes lingering sadness when things go wrong, causing you to take a longer time than most to recover.

A key to avoiding long-lasting consequences to upsetting situations, such as divorce or custody proceedings, is to build a strong support network to help you address various issues as they arise.

What to know when requesting modification of child support order

When a Louisiana judge handed down a decree regarding your divorce, child custody and child support, the court undoubtedly told you that you are legally obligated to adhere to all terms contained therein. You had no problem with that since your main concern in your divorce was to make sure all new arrangements centered on your children's best interests. You were also glad to help financially support them as they move forward in life.  

You were making payments on time until you unexpectedly received a decrease in pay at work. Your boss mentioned something about cutting costs and everyone taking a hit for the team so the company won't have to close its doors, but the only thing on your mind at the time was how your new, lower income may not be enough to cover your current child support payments.

Can I avoid divorce litigation?

Ending a marriage can be a trying and stressful time for both parties. If you are seeking a divorce, you may be wondering if there are ways to avoid a courtroom battle. Perhaps you want to get through the breakup faster or avoid some of the costs associated with a litigated divorce.

In order to end a marriage, a lawsuit must be filed. To avoid court fees and still resolve divorce disputes, people often look to other methods. Many times, an outside party can help individuals who aren't able to come to their own agreements for their divorce.


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