Louisiana Divorce, Custody, and Family Law Attorneys
Family Law Attorneys Assisting with a Wide Range of Family-Related CasesHaving any legal matter arise that involves your family can be emotional and stressful for everyone involved. Unfortunately, the stress can increase because many family law cases can also be costly and time-consuming. At Hudson, Potts & Bernstein, our family law attorneys are committed to helping you resolve your case in the most efficient manner possible to preserve your time and assets while still ensuring that your rights and interests are fully protected. We regularly handle a variety of Louisiana family law matters - from adopting a child to dissolving a marriage. If you need any type of legal assistance, please contact our dedicated and experienced family law attorneys to discuss how we can help.
Assisting You Through the Divorce ProcessWhile divorce is not an easy process for anyone, some divorce cases can be significantly more taxing than others. Some spouses are able to agree on most issues and may be willing to negotiate to come to a resolution on the rest. On the other hand, some spouses are angry and will refuse to agree to a reasonable arrangement at any cost. These cases can drag on and end up at trial with the court deciding the matter for you. No matter whether your case is uncontested or hotly contested, it is still important to have a skilled attorney guide you through the process, advise you of your rights, and ensure that all relevant issues are addressed. There are numerous issues that need to be settled before a Louisiana court will grant a divorce under the law. These include the following: Property division - Married couples can accumulate a substantial amount of property and assets during their marriage. Under Louisiana law, most of what a married couple accumulates will be designated as community property and must be fairly divided between the spouses. Property division can be complicated, especially in situations involving multiple properties, high assets, or complex financial accounts. An attorney can help you determine what will be considered community property, the value of that property, and how to divide it in a manner that will be approved by the court. It is critical to have an attorney who is experienced in property division to ensure that you receive the share of community property that you deserve under the law. Issues involving children - If there are children from the marriage, the court will always address issues including child custody and child support. Even if parents agree on a shared custody arrangement, they must submit a detailed plan to the court that includes specific physical custody schedules, how the parents will cooperate in parenting decisions, and other intentions for handling issues that may arise. The court will only approve a proposed plan if it finds the plan is in the best interest of the child. In addition, many cases involve one parent paying child support to the other, with the parent with primary physical custody generally receiving the support. Payment amounts are based on a set formula that uses the income of the parents, and it is important to have a lawyer helping you to ensure no errors were made in your calculations. Spousal support - Louisiana law allows a court to award spousal support in certain situations. This is generally when one spouse earns significantly less than the other and needs financial support for a period of time until they can support themselves. This support can be awarded during the divorce proceedings as well as after a divorce is over. A court will consider many different factors when determining the duration of spousal support and the amount of the award. It is important to note that while fault of one spouse does not have to be claimed to file for divorce, fault is an issue when making spousal support determinations. For this reason, spousal support disagreements can be personal and contentious, and you need a skilled attorney representing your rights and interests through this process.
Representing Your Rights in a Child Custody CaseChild custody cases can arise from a divorce proceeding, a paternity action, or under other circumstances if the rights of two parents are called into question. Child custody orders are legally binding and dictate when you can see your child and what your role may be in making parenting decisions for your child. Overall, an unfavorable custody determination can have an adverse impact on your relationship with your child, so it is critical to seek help from a skilled legal professional if you are facing a child custody case. While courts generally favor joint custody whenever possible, sole custody may be requested in certain situations. This often requires proving that the non-custodial parent is unfit or a risk to the child. We can help clients fight for sole custody when appropriate or fight against another parent who is trying to keep you from your child. In some situations, custody may be sought by third parties, such as grandparents or other close relatives. The attorneys at Hudson, Potts & Bernstein have the ability to assist with any type of child custody case or modification.
Handling a Variety of Family Law MattersIn addition to representing divorcing spouses and parents in custody cases, Hudson, Potts & Bernstein can assist with an array of matters in family court. These may include:
- Custody modification or enforcement
- Support modification or enforcement
- Premarital agreements