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3 steps to take when preparing for divorce

Divorce can be a complicated and challenging time for a family. There is an emotional toll it can take on both spouses, their children, extended family and close friends, and there are also significant financial considerations involved in ending a marriage.

Since the outcome will shape the future of everyone involved, it’s essential for both parties to prepare before filing for divorce. That means doing your homework upfront to know where both parties stand financially.

Louisiana child support ABCs

Experts in family law sometimes find themselves hammering home the message repeatedly. Although one or both spouses feel the system isn’t treating them fairly, the stubborn fact is family law courts try to focus on the child’s best interests. Everything else is supposed to come second.

When it comes to child support, Louisiana sees both parents as responsible for the child’s chances for a great future. It helps to keep that principle in mind while reviewing the basics of Louisiana’s approach to a child’s material wellness after parents separate.

Who gets custody of the debt in a Louisiana divorce?

Louisiana is what’s commonly called a “community property” state meaning that you and your spouse own half of everything, whether it’s assets like cash and houses or it’s debt like credit card balances and student loans.

As usual with legal questions, there are certain exceptions and a few things you can do improve your prospects if you know the law or a good attorney.

What is the difference between contested and uncontested divorce?

If you and your spouse are in the midst of a complicated divorce in which you cannot agree, you may be headed towards a contested divorce. A contested divorce is often more expensive and complicated than an uncontested divorce. In an uncontested divorce, the spouses come to an agreement and do not need a court determination on any aspect of their divorce.

When is uncontested divorce an option?

Organized retail crime continues to grow

An inexperienced shoplifter will often show signs of their intent. A few examples include: hovering and loitering in and around the outside of the store, keeping an eye on a cashier or sales clerk, abnormal nervousness and baggy clothes that don’t fit the season.

What if the shoplifters are professionals? In most cases, professional thieves tend to work in groups, hence, organized retail crime. Sometimes a member of the group will display the same poor tactics mentioned above, but more members equals more customers to watch, and often one will slip through the cracks.

What counts as community property?

During divorce, each spouse usually has a few possessions he or she feels strongly about keeping after the divorce. For some people this might be the marital house. For others, it may be a vehicle or a retirement asset. However, the way property gets divided in divorce can be complicated.

Before your divorce can be finalized, the community property that you and your spouse share must be divided. Usually, community property is divided equally because both spouses are considered equal owners of community property. However, separate property does not get divided. Instead, it usually stays with the spouse who owns it.

What factors decide child support amounts?

The end of a marriage is the beginning of making critical financial decisions for your future. When you and your spouse shared the financial wealth between you, there was undoubtedly more support and security. However, now that you are divorcing, you need to know exactly what to expect in terms of financial security, especially when you have a child to raise.

Questions about child support are among the most common concerns divorcing parents have. Raising a child without the normal balance of finances within a marriage is difficult. You need to know what to expect when you un-tie the knot. Child support amounts may vary and be modified in the future, but here is an overview of the main factors that affect the deciding amounts:

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