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Don't forget about important documents during family law issues

Ending a marriage is a complicated ordeal, both legally and emotionally. While some people in Louisiana might feel as if there is too much going on at once to be truly present for each individual process within divorce, failing to do so can have serious consequences for the future. Here a few family law matters divorcing couples should keep in mind.

What you can expect from the divorce process in 2019

Divorce is difficult, no matter what time of year you file. However, new changes in tax laws can add a new layer of complication for Louisiana couples looking to end their marriages in the new year. If a person is planning to move forward with this process at any point in 2019, it is beneficial to know what to expect and start preparing for it now. 

Will I have to give up my dog in property division?

Planning for a happy future might be easy enough, but what about preparing for less than ideal situations? While Louisiana couples might not think that they will ever divorce, the simple truth is that many couples end up untying the knot. When couples are not prepared for this event, they may end up fighting over property division or even losing out on something precious to them, like their pets.

Should one try to finalize a divorce before the year's end?

Ending a marriage can be a lengthy and complex process for Louisiana couples and, in some cases, can take an extensive amount of time to finalize. If a person is going through the divorce process yet still has issues to resolve, it may be beneficial to work toward a final resolution before the end of the year. Due to tax changes coming at the start of 2019, there could be significant financial consequences to delaying.

Could divorce mediation be right for you?

You might be most familiar with divorce as it is presented through images presented in popular media. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying a good movie, you might be expecting to go straight before a judge at the beginning of the divorce process. While family law judges in Louisiana do play important roles when necessary, you do not necessarily have to leave all of your important decisions up to them. Instead, you can use divorce mediation to reach mutually agreeable solutions.

Are millennials killing the divorce industry?

Popular media often paints millennials as desperate for instant gratification, willing to drop anything that is not working in their favor. However, this is not necessarily an accurate depiction, especially when it comes to things like marriage and divorce. While this generation of Louisiana residents might be marrying less frequently and at older ages than their parents, they are also divorcing at a much lower rate. 

2019 tax changes set to affect spousal support

Post-divorce support payments are a common feature of Louisiana family law. Spousal support is just one such payment that involves one person making temporary, regular payments to an ex. In some cases support takes the form of a single, lump sum. The goal is to provide sufficient financial support until such a time that the recipient is stable. With the effective date of certain changes to the federal tax laws approaching, some couples may want to consider finalizing their divorces before the end of the year. 

It's not all about child support -- plan for college too

Louisiana parents are often hyper-focused on their children during divorce. From figuring out child support to creating the best possible custody agreement, parents know that they need to have a close eye on their children's well-being as well as their futures. However, many parents still miss out on planning for an essential aspect of their kids' future -- college. 

Is divorce mediation right for you?

Ending a marriage is just as much an emotional process as a legal one. However, the image that popular movies and TV shows paint of drawn out court battles, yelling officials and limited communication is not really accurate for most people. The vast majority of Louisiana couples can utilize mediation to end their marriages in a much more civilized and self-fulfilling manner. 

Prenups can protect against student loans in property division

Money issues are one of the top causes of stress for the average couple in Louisiana. While financial troubles can cover a wide range of topics, student loans in particular can be especially problematic. Not only can these massive loans be a contributing factor in divorce, they can also present some serious property distribution issues. 

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