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Why might a court terminate parental rights?

When two parents choose to split up, they must address the issues surrounding the upbringing of their child and which parent will retain primary physical and legal custody of the child. Often, this significantly restricts the rights of one parent or the other. In most cases, raising a child separately does not completely terminate the parental rights of either party, but there are certain circumstances under which these rights may terminate.

New tax bill may affect alimony negotiations

With the new tax law, a number of deductions often taken for granted are no longer valid. One of the most crucial changes for divorcing couples to understand is how the new law affects alimony and how each party must report those alimony payments come tax time. If you and your spouse face divorce in 2018, be sure that you understand how these changes affect you.

What is a closed adoption?

While closed adoptions are far less common in the United States than more traditional open adoptions, they are still a tool that some families choose to use in certain circumstances. Unlike open adoptions, in which adoptive parents and birth parents often get to know each other over time before the adoptions actually occurs and may remain in touch afterward, closed adoption seeks to keep the adoption details sealed as a whole.

Do you understand medical child support?

As a parent, you bear a number of ongoing responsibilities to your child, even when you and your child's other parent chose to raise the child separately. One of the most commonly overlooked responsibilities that parents often discover unpleasantly is medical child support. Unlike typical child support, medical child support is not regular or necessarily ongoing. Instead, it only arises when a child receives medical care that is not fully covered by an insurance policy.

Is your spouse behind on spousal support payments?

If your ex fails to pay spousal support, you may be at a loss about what to do. This is a normal reaction to a frustrating situation, but you may have more options than you realize. In these circumstances, it is usually wise to consult with an experienced attorney to identify strategies you can use to approach this issue effectively.

Study finds Louisiana's divorce rate is among the highest

There are many factors that drive couples to divorce. Unfortunately, many of them hang heavy in the air in Louisiana, where a new study found that we bear one of the highest divorce rates of any state in the country. According to a report recently released by 24/7 Wall Street, the divorce rate in Louisiana is actually the 4th highest of all the states.

What if my child's other parent abducts him or her?

As a parent, there are few things more infuriating or frightening than the possibility of your child's other parent abducting him or her and exiting your life without your permission. If a parent suspects that his or her child's other parent may abduct him or her soon, or if he or she discovers an abduction is in progress, responding quickly and decisively is key.

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