Divorce is a method of terminating a marriage contract between two individuals, but in reality, is so much more. Divorce is often emotionally, physically and financially draining. The length and complexity of a divorce case is often directly related to the issues and the willingness of the parties to work collaboratively and reasonably with one another to achieve a just and fair resolution. adversarial methods of negotiation and mediation as well as the adversarial method of litigation. Our goal is to help you navigate through the divorce process in the most healthy and positive way possible under your particular circumstances, so that you can move forward and build your future leaving the past behind. Call us at (318) 387-1981 and let us put our knowledge and experience to work for you.
The concept of custody is generally composed of two sections – legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody generally refers to major decision making authority and responsibility for day-to-day activities. Physical custody generally relates to the time the child spends with each party and is often interchangeable with the concept of parenting time. Ultimately, the decision regarding legal and physical custody is best left to both parties to decide. In the event that both parties cannot reach a decision, the court must decide what is in the best interest of the children. The Court considers many factors in determining the best interests of the minor children which are set forth in Louisiana Civil Code Article 134.
In general, the courts favor joint ongoing child-rearing responsibilities with the children. The sharing of physical custody can take on an endless variety of plans or schedules, depending upon the needs of the children and/or parents. We can help parents to establish child custody and visitation agreements that focus on the interest of the children.
There is no issue in divorce that draws out more emotion than child custody. Oftentimes, psychological experts are essential and a protracted court case may be inevitable when one parent wants to battle a spouse using child custody right to injure the other.
When seeking an attorney to handle your divorce and child custody case, you need someone who has not only substantive knowledge of Louisiana family law, but also sensitivity to guide you through the possibly difficult times ahead. Arthur L. Stewart provides the benefit of his legal skills, as well as sensitivity to the needs of his clients and their children. Whether you are seeking help reaching a mutual agreement through the use of mediation, or you believe you will need to take a case to court, we are experienced and can help you develop a winning strategy for your family. Contact our office at (318) 387-1981 to schedule an appointment to learn more.
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