In the state of Louisiana, divorce is based on either fault or no-fault grounds. A no-fault divorce occurs when a spouse requesting a divorce does not have to prove that the other spouse did something wrong that caused the divorce to be sought out.
A fault divorce can be pursued if one spouse did do something that caused the divorce to be sought out. A fault divorce is often considered if you are looking to gain an advantage in a child custody situation, alimony issue, or property division.
If you are considering filing for divorce and you are unsure of which route you should take, reach out to Meagan and Zach Shadinger today for guidance.
Louisiana operates under the Uniform Child Custody Act. This gives parents the option to pursue joint custody and issues like grandparents’ visitation rights. In these cases, the child’s preference will be taken into consideration when the court is issuing custody orders.
If you and your spouse are unable to come to an agreement on a custody arrangement, a hearing may be held to make a decision. In this case, the custody arrangement will be determined based on the best interests of the child. The best interests of the child will involve an examination of a variety of factors, including the child’s relationships with each parent, either parent’s history of drug or alcohol abuse, past criminal convictions, and more.
Child support is a monthly allowance paid by non-custodial parents to assist with the child’s expenses. The amount of child support that a spouse is required to pay is typically determined by a court of law and is dependent upon the income of each spouse.
You can reach a child support agreement by using one of three methods: informal negotiations, alternative dispute resolutions, or court order.
The Law Office of Zach Shadinger is an excellent resource to turn to if you are facing a child support issue. Zach and Meagan will handle your case with care and advocate for the best interests of you and your child.
A protective order is a court order that requires one person to stay a certain distance away from another. Protective orders are commonly issued in cases involving domestic abuse. If you feel threatened by your spouse and believe that you would benefit from an order of protection, don’t suffer in silence. Take action as soon as possible.
Don’t Face Your Family Law Issue Alone
No matter the family law issue you are facing, work with a team of attorneys who will treat you like an individual, and fight for the resolution you deserve. From divorce, child custody, and child support to protective orders, the Law Office of Zach Shadinger seeks to help clients throughout Northwest Louisiana navigate the complex world of family law. Reach out today to set up a free consultation in Bossier City and Benton, Louisiana, if you are located in Shreveport, Bossier Parish, Caddo Parish, or Webster Parish.