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Mortages and divorces

When making the decision to end a marriage, spouses know that they will have to next choose how to split up their marital estate. For homeowners, this includes their family house which is also often their single biggest asset. However, some people forget that in addition to deciding what to do with the house means they must also decide what to do with their mortgage. 

What are the signs a partner may be abusive?

It is common for people to want to avoid abusive relationships. However, it can often be difficult to spot an abuser before getting into the relationship because they tend to hide their true nature quite well. Despite that, there are some things that you can do to help protect yourself from getting into such a situation in the first place. It takes observing the person, especially early in the relationship when abusive is less likely to occur.

What can you do if parenting time interference is an issue?

Many Louisiana parents have serious concerns about how their divorce will impact their kids. While the end of your marriage will affect your kids, it is possible to provide continuity of lifestyle and other types of support in order to mitigate the negative effects on the youngest members of the family. It is also beneficial to allow the child to have enough time with both parents.

What are the grounds for divorce?

When you file for divorce in Louisiana, you need to specify the grounds. This is the reason why you are filing for divorce. There are three options in this state. According to the Louisiana State Bar Association,  the grounds for divorce include adultery, living separately and a felony conviction of one of the spouses. Each has its own stipulations. You will notice that irreconcilable differences, which is a common ground in other states, is not allowed in Louisiana.

Who gets the pets in a divorce?

The family pet is yet another issue in a divorce that many couples may not think about until the process is underway. Pets are generally thought of as property. They are considered the same as a car or an antique dresser. In Louisiana, the courts follow general property rules when determining pet custody, according to The Advocate.

Is common law marriage recognized in Louisiana?

If you live for someone for many years as a couple, it is pretty much like you are married. After all, marriage is just a piece of paper, right? That is not entirely true, especially in Louisiana. According to KPLC, common law marriage, which is recognized in many states, is not legally recognized in this state. Common law marriage in states where it is recognized usually requires meeting stipulations, such as presenting yourselves as a married couple in public.