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October 2017 Archives

Signs that divorce may be in your future

Many people are so in love with the thought of marriage that they fail to realize how much work is required to make their relationships work. Once the honeymoon period is over and years have gone by, some people begin to feel like their relationships are not working out the way they imagined they would. 

Keys to co-parenting

After a divorce, one of the major strains on a family is how well the parents work together to raise their children. Arguments or different opinions on how to parent can lead to problems. It also negatively affects the children. It is best for everyone when parents can learn to co-parent effectively.

Tax considerations after a divorce

In the event of a divorce, couples have many financial things to worry about in Louisiana. One issue that may get overlooked but that requires some attention is the tax ramifications. When property is split during the divorce settlement process, couples need to be aware of how some property divisions may be taxed to avoid high taxes or being hit with serious penalties.

Don't let your former spouse ruffle your feathers on turkey day

Are you one of many Louisiana residents who gets stressed out during the holidays? Holiday depression is a real problem for some, and if you recently divorced, then your challenges may go far beyond your typical problems of what to make for dinner, how many guests to invite or whether you should spend Thanksgiving at home or abroad. In fact, if your former spouse is trying to throw a wrench into your plans, you may be wanting the holiday season to end before it even begins.

Things to keep in mind about divorce and debt

One issue that many people overlook during their divorces in Louisiana until after they are over is debt. While they are so busy focusing on getting their share of the marital property, they forget to consider who gets the marital debt. Joint debts that couples accumulate during their relationships do not disappear. Some debts that were acquired by one spouse can become the responsibility of both parties. 

Prevent an inheritance from being community property in divorce

You may be like many other couples who share everything during their marriages. This includes any windfalls you may receive upon the death of a loved one. Should you take steps to share your inheritance if you believe your marriage is ending? Are you about to marry and come into the marriage with an inheritance? Will you share your good fortune with your future spouse? You may want to consider these questions before taking any action.

How is a mortgage handled in a divorce?

If you are getting a divorce in Louisiana, it is important to understand that separating your life from your spouses will not be easy. One area where trouble often arises is if you own a home. Your mortgage lender will not care if you are getting a divorce. The mortgage contract was signed by two individuals and that is how they look at you. Even if you divorce, your obligations to the lender still remains. It is up to you and your spouse to clear up what will happen with the mortgage.