Lafayette Divorce Lawyer And Family Law Attorney
Few things in life can by as trying as getting a divorce. While a divorce can be obtained in Louisiana on a “no-fault” basis, there do exist grounds for divorce where “fault” is an issue (adultery being an obvious example). Even if fault is not an issue, the process can seem complex and confusing, for this reason it is wise to seek help from a local divorce lawyer.
Divorce law with Minor Children
Regardless of the circumstances of the divorce, however, other issues, equally if not more important, invariably arise. If the parties have minor children, the issue of custody and visitation is no doubt at the forefront. With custody, of course, comes the issue of child support and the questions of who pays whom, how much, and for how long? These are questions your divorce attorney will help you understand.
Community Property Divorce
What about community property? Louisiana is a community property state and there are myriad rules regarding same. What happens to when the parties divorce. What is a partition and how long does it take? What happens to community property in the meantime? If you have a home, who gets to live there? For that matter, who gets to use the property while the divorce is pending? What about a business, or a retirement plan? What about the things you had before you were married? Are there claims for reimbursement?
Alimony and Divorce
Is alimony and issue? It may be, though we don’t call it that anymore, alimony is now known as "spousal support”. Louisiana law recognizes an obligation of the spouses to support each other so there certainly can be potential claims for spousal support. As with child support, the immediate questions are no doubt, who pays, how much, and for how long.
Suppose the parties were not married, do any of the above issues apply? Well, while getting a divorce would not be necessary (Louisiana does not recognize, for example “common law marriage”), nor would community property or spousal support, if the parties have children, child custody and support remain issues to be addressed with your family law lawyer. Further, even if there is no community property, there may be jointly owned property (property acquired by the two of them together) and there are rules regarding the resolution of those issues as well.
Family Law is a Broad Area
As you will see in reviewing our website, family law is a broad area of the law. From divorce & community property, to child custody and support, spousal support, interdictions and tutorships, paternity issues, emancipations, and others, family law encompasses many different areas of the law.
Life is complicated. Regrettably, we make plans, but things often don’t work out as intended. When these twists and turns present themselves, its important to have someone on your side.
Hoyt & Stanford can assist you in these matters. Reardon Stanford is a divorce lawyer in Lafayette, LA who has been practicing law for 20 years, and is a board certified family law specialist. He can guide you through the maze and help you find the light at the end of the tunnel. Further, if complicated financial or business matters are at issue therein, this firm is uniquely placed, due to its membership, to handle same. Please allow us to help.
D. Reardon Stanford practices Divorce and Family Law.