Every Louisiana family is unique. Attempting to fit your circumstances into check boxes and fill-in-the-blank forms just does not work. Whether you face a contested or uncontested divorce, you deserve the ability to reach a settlement of your design.
Many couples begin their divorces thinking that it will be contentious, but it does not have to be that way. After the initial shock, and anger and hurt have time to dissipate, you and your soon-to-be former spouse might be able to sit down at the negotiating table and work out your issues without involving the court. Judges are bound to remain within certain parameters set out in Louisiana’s family laws, so the options are often limited.
In addition, with the help of your attorney, you could come up with ideas that are outside the box, but will provide you and your family the best outcome. Both of you will more than likely have to make compromises since no one ever gets everything they want in a divorce. However, the probability of receiving most of what you need is higher when not relying on a judge to decide your future for you.
The end of a marriage always involves intense emotions, but those emotions do not have to control how your divorce progresses. You and your spouse can turn what could have been a contested divorce into an uncontested divorce by agreeing to sit down together and resolve your issues. You don’t have to be friends, but it would help to realize that each of you needs the opportunity to begin your separate lives with some security and a fair settlement.