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Supreme Court may review military benefits in divorce

Some states allow courts that are awarding spousal support payments in a divorce to include disability benefits awarded to military veterans in calculating the amount of the support. Others do not. One veteran has now petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the conflict between the states and determine whether the inclusion of a veteran's disability benefits in a spousal support determination violates their rights under federal law. Those in New Orleans and elsewhere involved in a military divorce will be interested to see what will be decided.

Hiding assets during divorce illegal, but often done

It is clear that hiding assets from an estranged spouse during a divorce is illegal, but some still do it. Over 30 percent of all adults surveyed who had assets combined with those of a partner or spouse admitted that they had lied about some financial issues. This especially occurs in a high-asset divorce in New Orleans and nationwide, as a spouse with many assets has more to lose and more varied ways to conceal income and property than those with fewer assets.

Virtual visitation may be a good option for parents

Parents in New Orleans involved in child custody disputes with their former partner frequently find that they may be living a relatively far distance apart from their child. The parent (or his or her former spouse) may have had to move to another city for job-related reasons. No parent, of course, wants to effectively sever their relationship with their child for reasons beyond their control. In an increasingly mobile society, creative solutions to child custody are being explored.

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