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Child Custody Archives

Non-custodial parents have an active role to play

When parents in Louisiana divorce or separate, they may face the difficult task of working out a child custody arrangement and having it approved by a family court. There are a number of systems that work for different families depending on each child's needs and the parents' circumstances. Joint and shared custody are becoming much more popular options than they were in the past. However, in many families, one parent may be granted primary physical custody of the children. This does not mean that the non-custodial parent will be excluded from the child's life.

Child custody evaluations are not always accurate

When Louisiana parents are faced with a challenge to their parental rights, there are no words that can properly describe the stress and anxiety that follows. When the state acts to remove a child from his or her home, the parents are often at a distinct disadvantage. States have a number of tools at their disposal in these cases, including attorneys, social workers, guardian ad litems and individuals tasked with making child custody evaluations. Parents are allowed the right to an attorney, but many do not have the resources to match those that the state can gather. This can lead to controversial and distressing child custody outcomes, including a recent case in which children may have been wrongly placed in harm's way by state authorities.

How sole custody will impact matters of taxation

When faced with a custody battle, many Louisiana parents are primarily concerned on providing their child or children with a safe and stable home environment. However, there are certain financial ramifications that come with various custody outcomes, including sole custody. A parent who is able to secure sole custody of one or more children will have a significant change in his or her tax obligations.

Child custody evaluations could impact adoption case

Many Louisiana residents have read about an emotionally charged child custody battle currently playing out between an adoptive family and a biological father. The case has made headlines across the nation, and offers an example of the custody matter in which there cannot be a true "winner" or "loser." As the court struggles to reach an outcome that is both fair and in line with the best interests of the child, the matter highlights the complexities involved in certain adoptions. Child custody evaluations are almost certain to come into play as this case moves forward.

As a custodial parent, can you move with your child?

Many child custody cases can prove contentious. Even after you and your ex-spouse have come to agreements, other issues could arise that lead to challenges concerning those agreements. When such situations do come about, you and your ex may find yourselves looking at court proceedings in order to determine the best course of action.

Couple loses custody over controversial parenting choice

One of the most deeply held rights that Americans parents enjoy is the freedom to make decisions about how their children will be raised. However, there are circumstances under which parenting decisions can be called into question. One couple is currently fighting serious criminal charges related to the death of their daughter, and have given up custody of their remaining six children. Parents in Louisiana and across the nation will follow this case, as the outcome could impact parental rights for all Americans.

Peaceful end to child custody and visitation battle possible

Many Louisiana parents understand why people fight so fiercely for their children after the end of a relationship. The problem is that contentious child custody and visitation battles often do nothing to ensure that the children are happy and secure. In fact, many of these battles tend to make matters worse, and the courts often push parents to work together to reach an agreement on their own. Even celebrities like Uma Thurman are sent away by judges to negotiate an agreement before making the court decide the fate of her child.

Divorce decisions must include parenting issues

On just about any given day, couples in Louisiana decide to marry and some decide to divorce. Both of these decisions bring with them a number of other decisions that must be made. Some of these decisions include where to live and, if children are involved, parenting issues.

Joint custody often depends on parents getting along

It might seem impossible for some Louisiana residents to believe that they could ever get along after a divorce. At the same time, they want to come to a joint custody agreement in order to allow the children to have as much access to each parent as possible. The best way to begin is to agree not to give in to the negativity that can lead to a contentious divorce.

What happens when a custody arrangement needs to be changed?

When you and your spouse have a child, that son or daughter will become your entire world. It's a beautiful moment, and one you will always cherish. With that in mind: what would happen if you and your spouse were to, someday, get a divorce? How would you handle child custody?