Facing separation and divorce is never easy. Attorney James A. Graham understands the challenges families face during this time, and works with you from the time you start considering separation on through the divorce. Mr. Graham will assist you and your family, every step of the way.Family Law Attorney Who Is Decisive, Experienced, and Compassionate
Division of property and debts, child custody, child support, and spousal support are all matters that may come up when going through a divorce in Louisiana. At the Law Office of James A. Graham, you are given the knowledge and resources you need to find success, outlining a carefully planned strategy that eases your emotional and financial burdens.Filing for Divorce in Louisiana
Starting the process is never easy, but James A. Graham can help get you started. The first step is to establish where and when you can file for divorce. To file for divorce in Louisiana either you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months or if one of you has a home of record here, you may be able to file sooner.
To obtain the divorce, there are two paths: live separately before filing or live separately after filing. The time required for separation is dependent on several factors like if there are minor children involved or other issues like issues such as adultery, one spouse committed a felony, physical or sexual abuse, or a protective order was issued against one of the spouses.Issues Commonly Associated with Divorce
You and your spouse created a life together which means when you get a divorce you are often required to discuss and resolve some challenging issues, which may include the following:
Property division: Unless there is a prenuptial agreement or a separation of assets, Louisiana law defines all assets and debts acquired during the marriage to be the shared community property of both spouses. The courts work to ensure that both spouses receive assets acquired during the marriage of equal value. It is encouraged that you and your former spouse work together to consider which assets constitute community property and how you will separate them. Community property and issues surrounding it can seem confusing, but Mr. Graham is here to walk you through this process.
Child custody: When there are children involved, the divorce process can become all the more challenging and emotional. Both the courts and parents involved consider many factors when deciding on fair child custody and visitation arrangements, including the bonds children have with each parent, the ability of each parent to provide for kids’ basic needs, and each parent’s physical and mental health. An experienced attorney like James Graham can help you in navigating this process, to find a resolution that works for you.
Child support: Approaching a separation when there are children involved, also means separating financially. Prior to the separation, both parents contributed to the child’s well-being, but after the separation, things are different. It is important to establish a sound child support agreement which works for both parents and ensures your child has the financial support he or she needs now and in the future.
The courts can assist in determining child support, and their process may appear to be simple percentages and formulas, but knowing what goes into those formulas is vitally important. Key to the formula and percentages is each parent’s gross income, which shows what a parent is truly taking home and able to contribute to child support. If child support is so much that it affects a parent’s life, it may need to be adjusted. The issue of child support can be revisited and adjusted whenever there is a change in circumstances like changing jobs or an adjustment in income. Mr. Graham will work with you to ensure child support rates are reflective of not just the child’s needs, but also of the parent’s abilities.Mediation Services Available
Mr. Graham will work with you on your case to find solutions that best meet your needs. Sometimes this means working through mediation. During mediation, you, not a judge, can make decisions that are best for your family. When advising couples considering divorce or separation, he can provide them an idea of the possible outcome of their case, and explain how things may change in the future, to ensure that they are comfortable with their decisions.Reliable New Orleans Legal Assistance
For tough, but compassionate representation, contact James A. Graham today. Submit an online message or call us at 985.202.8110 for an initial consultation.