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Are you interfering with your child custody order?

Divorcing parents often keep their children as the focal point during proceedings, carefully considering how various decisions will affect their best interests. However, some parents in Louisiana might be misguided in their approach to dealing with child custody both before and after divorce. Here are some behaviors that parents should avoid.

Is co-parenting a good option for child custody?

Louisiana parents generally want to do what is best for their children. However, figuring out what is in their best interest is not always clear, especially when a family situation is already complicated by a divorce. Co-parenting is a fairly popular choice for child custody at the moment, but is it right for everyone? Parents should consider a few things before diving into co-parenting.

Your child custody agreement can create a happy home

Creating a happy and comfortable space for children after a divorce is usually a priority for parents, and yet it can be incredibly difficult to accomplish. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, some Louisiana parents might find success in working together and remaining consistent. These approaches can make adhering to a child custody agreement easier and more fulfilling for both children and parents.

Dealing with child custody disappointment during the holidays

Child custody is a sensitive matter regardless of the season. However, the holidays are a time of increased emotions and stress, and it can be quite difficult for Louisiana parents to get through this time of year after divorce. Many parents experience anger, sadness and other frustrations when the holidays will be different from what they expected or are used to.

Fathers say they are struggling with child support

Louisiana fathers today tend to be more involved than men of the past, but family law has not exactly caught up with this change just yet. According to some men, fathers are still treated much differently after divorce, and they often feel more like add-ons to the child custody agreement rather than a vital part. Whether in regards to an unfair custody agreement or a monthly child support payments that are too high, fathers should be sure to act swiftly to avoid difficult situations.

A temporary child custody order is a good idea for most parents

Most people hope for a quick and painless conclusion to their divorce proceedings. Unfortunately, real life is often very different. Divorces in Louisiana can and do drag on, leaving many people worried about their finances, children and more. Temporary orders are a smart option for those who need to address child custody, child support or other important issues before their divorce is finalized. 

Strategies for co-parenting in the best interests of the child

Raising children within a marriage can make collaboration a bit easier, as each parent can see what the other is doing. For divorced couples in Louisiana, however, co-parenting conflicts can often arise. These issues are often based in miscommunication, past hurt or simply incompatible parenting styles. Regardless of the reasons for co-parenting squabbles, it is important that both do their best to put the best interests of the child ahead of individual agendas.

Child custody and paternity rights questioned in unusual case

Precedents set by unique legal scenarios often change the way future cases are considered by judges. In Louisiana, a complicated child custody case is raising questions about how paternity is treated in the case of a child conceived through a sperm donor. The man, who is listed on the child's birth certificate, is fighting to be recognized as the father of his ex-girlfriend's child.

Criminal charges can result from violating a child custody ruling

When a family court renders a decision about where a child must live, it is very important that both parents follow this decision. In fact, ignoring court-ordered child custody is a criminal offence. Parishes across Louisiana get many calls each year about this issue, and police often need to get involved.

Age and gender can influence a child's reaction to divorce

Divorcing couples often worry about how their children will cope with a breakup. Along with issues defined by Louisiana state law such as child custody and child support, understanding a child's emotional journey is critical to creating a new family makeup that is in the best interests of the child. Psychologists say that separation and divorce can have serious impacts on the well-being of children, so paying attention to their needs is critical for both parents.

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