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August 2013 Archives

Wealthier spouse may try to hide value of assets

So you've made the decision to divorce and the fear of the unknown is starting to settle in. Don't worry - you're not alone. Many people from New Orleans have found themselves at the beginning, middle and end of their divorces, still uncertain about what is yet to come. Some of these unknowns may involve your social life and who will remain once the dust from the divorce settles. Others include the personal changes you will go through. Spouses involved in a marital split often wonder how they will change in the subsequent years. Perhaps the scariest source of uncertainty, though, is the financial changes that divorce usually brings, especially when the dissolution is a complex asset divorce.

What type of custody is in your kids' best interests?

Divorcing parents in New Orleans have a lot of decisions to make as the marriage comes to an end. Property has to be divided and spousal support may have to be allocated if there is a major difference in the spouses' incomes. But then there is child custody -- which usually brings child support in tow - and this is often the most contentious part of a divorce for people who have children. If the couple can make the decision without the help of a judge's ruling, then a parenting plan can be devised together. But the problem with creating a parenting plan together is that there can be a lot of hidden resentment between the parents, causing disagreements to arise frequently.

Is your divorce settlement comprehensive enough?

When couples divorce, they have the option of heading to court and letting a judge rule on the many facets that play into the process. This is usually in lieu of these decisions being made by the couples themselves and though it may be caused by an inability to agree, it could be a mistake to put such decisions into the hands of someone who does not personally know your relationship, especially when children are involved. The property division process could be dramatically affected, as could custody and any support being issued. This is why many divorcing couples in New Orleans elect to draft their own terms of agreement. But there is also a problem with this route: Sometimes, the settlements are not comprehensive enough.

Military divorces are inherently more complicated

Marriage is often part of military life. But when the relationship goes awry, the fallout can be both complex and hurtful. Complications quickly arise when one realizes that a divorce involving someone who is part of the military not only invokes state law but also federal law. The confusion surrounding the combination of these may even be present in a judge presiding over this type of divorce -- that is how complex it can get. Then there is the issue of hurtful decision-making, most easily performed on the part of the non-military spouse.

Experts claim infancy is important to parental relationship

A new study conducted by researchers regarding children and their fathers may underscore an issue that some men in New Orleans are facing: paternity. Researchers studied the amount of paternity leave that men are receiving for newborn children and the results are mildly alarming. The results of the study indicated that 5 percent of new fathers get two or more weeks off. Seventy-five percent have a week or less of paternity leave while 16 percent do not have any time at all to spend with their newborn babies. This is important because the earliest moments of a children's life can be extremely important to developing a bond with a child.

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