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When an uncontested divorce can create a financial nightmare

For most Louisiana residents, there is no way around losing financial ground when ending a marriage. The prospect of supporting two households with the same resources that used to support one is often daunting, which leads many couples to try to get through an uncontested divorce on their own. The problem is that if certain aspects of the divorce are not handled properly, it could cause a financial nightmare for the parties.

One of the tradeoffs for paying spousal support may disappear

There is no way around the fact that money is a part of every divorce whether it happens here in Louisiana or elsewhere. One of the financial issues that arises in many divorces is spousal support. Even when the paying spouse agrees that it is a necessity for the other, it may not exactly be pleasant to watch that money leave the bank account. Many who make these payments consider the right to deduct them at tax time as a consolation prize of sorts, but that benefit may go away.

When would divorce mediation not be the best option?

As more Louisiana couples shy away from the traditional courtroom option to end their marriages, some couples still need the help of a judge to resolve their issues. Not all couples can use something like divorce mediation. In certain instances, the choice to go to court is still the best one.

Collaborative divorce can help couples talk through issues

Numerous Louisiana couples have used divorce mediation to get through the divorce process without relying on the court to make decisions on their behalf. In recent years, another alternative method to help couples talk through issues in their divorces is collaborative divorce. This approach to divorce has gained popularity in recent years due to its philosophy of fostering amicable negotiations that lead to a satisfactory settlement.

Consider these issues before property distribution

Splitting up assets in a divorce may not be as clear-cut as Louisiana residents believe at first glance. Before sitting down to negotiate a divorce settlement, each party needs to do some research regarding the assets they intend to split. Certain issues require consideration before property distribution is finalized and takes place. Otherwise, one or both parties could end up with significant financial regrets later.

You can protect your credit with divorce mediation

Ending a marriage often feels more like ending a business than a relationship. There are assets to divide, and debts as well. If you were ending a business relationship, you would probably want certain assurances that you will not end up liable for your partner's debts. The same could be said in a Louisiana divorce, which is why you may want to take full advantage of divorce mediation in order to protect your credit and your financial future.

Take care when dividing debts during divorce mediation

Dividing property, deciding custody and determining support issues may be your main concern as you go through the process of going from a married couple to single individuals. These issues do need to be dealt with, and there is often a great deal of advice on how to do that during divorce mediation. However, one important topic that requires just as much attention in your Louisiana divorce is your marital debts.

Don't be too quick to dismiss divorce mediation

Anger, resentment and hurt are often predominant emotions at the end of a marriage. The first instinct of many Louisiana residents is to lash out and want to take the other party to court in order to teach him or her a lesson. Before making that leap, it would be beneficial to consider divorce mediation instead.

What does the best interests of the child mean in Louisiana?

When Louisiana parents decide to end their relationships, they realize that they will need to find a way to continue parenting. This means that child custody arrangements need to be made through either direct negotiations or the court. Regardless of how custody is decided, parents may want to have at least some understanding of what "the best interests of the child" means in Louisiana law.

Do you really need to suffer through a contested divorce?

You and your spouse probably grew tired of arguing and no longer seeing eye-to-eye. You may have fallen out of love and now wish to go your separate ways. The problem is that you and your soon-to-be former spouse are not looking forward to going through a contested divorce. You would rather try to work out your own divorce settlement without having to battle it out in a Louisiana court.

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