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In the throes of a relationship collapsing, it can become easy to get so focused on the one-to-one tensions that it becomes easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. This is one reason individuals in Louisiana facing this kind of turmoil owe it to themselves to be working with an experienced family law attorney. There are a lot of facets that need to be addressed, not the least of which is custody issues when there are children involved.

Few would disagree with the idea that it’s best to keep the children out of the middle of the disputes that are the business of the two parents. But in the midst of a breakup, that can be a hard goal to achieve. Whether it’s because one parent feels the other parent is somehow unfit, one parent fears losing all contact with the children or the children are seen as a handy weapon; problems can arise. At the same time, skilled attorneys know there are possible remedies.

Custodial interference is perhaps the most serious of these kinds of problems. It happens when custody or visitation agreements are intentionally violated. It’s important to remember that parenting agreements approved by the courts carry the force of law. Intentionally ignoring such orders could result in criminal charges and punishments. In the most serious of such cases, charges of kidnapping could be brought.

Parental relocation is another common source of trouble in child custody agreements. We are more mobile than ever and sometimes that means having to move to remain employed or to advance in a career. Sometimes such issues can be anticipated as part of the custody settlement, but often they come up after the split. If a dispute does develop, a modification to the original agreement might be necessary and that’s something to clear with the court.

In any case, the goal of the court will be to make a call that it deems to be in the best interest of the children.

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