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Louisiana is seeing a lower divorce rate, but why?

If you could choose a state to live in because of low divorce rates, would you? Could you question if the state has some difference that makes it better for married couples, like better jobs or a lower cost of living? You could, but the facts that you hear about states with lower divorce rates aren't telling the full truth.

You may think it's good news when you hear that divorce rates are down in Louisiana. A recent study showed that Louisiana's divorce rate has dropped 22.73% in the last decade. That isn't the entire story, though. The reality is that the state's marriage rate is down 28.17% and that its divorce rate is dropping as a result of people simply not getting married at all.

You could reap the benefits of a parallel parenting plan

Emotions often run high in a divorce, which can set the stage for conflict. If this sounds familiar to you, it may be difficult for you to imagine how you and your future former spouse are going to continue to parent your children after the divorce.

After all, you can hardly stand to be in the same room together. You both may be struggling to work out your own divorce settlement because you know that going to court will only make matters worse. Co-parenting feels out of the question, so you need an alternative.

How can you help an adopted child through divorce?

No one wants to have to go through a divorce, especially when it's going to affect their family. Whether you have stepchildren, adopted children or biological kids, everyone is affected when you divorce.

If you have an adopted child, this is something you will need to consider carefully. Adopted children have already, in many cases, felt a sense of loss by losing their biological parents. They may be worried about being abandoned or feel scared about what will happen if you and your spouse divorce.

What do you do if your spouse wants a divorce when you don't?

Divorces can be difficult to live with. You may have devoted your entire life to your spouse and be shocked that they want to leave. It's hard to imagine your life without them and to handle the stress of your divorce.

Still, if that's what someone wants, there is no great way to stop them. If a divorce is imminent, you'll need to start making plans to take care of yourself, such as talking to your attorney about the budgeting you have in place and if you will need spousal support or other considerations.

How can you recognize a risk of parental kidnapping?

Child custody is something that can be difficult to arrange for some parents. Both parents may disagree on custody arrangements, and one might be angrier than the other about the resulting agreement after divorce. While most parents deal with disappointment and frustration by taking cases back to court or negotiating more with the other parent, some others try to take matters into their own hands.

Parental kidnapping is something that no parent should have to be worried about, but in today's world, it is easier than ever to travel with children and to reach destinations you might never be able to locate. Parents who feel they're being pushed away sometimes do try extreme measures to get time with their kids. For some, that means going as far as to kidnap their own children.

Friendly divorces are the norm in Louisiana, study claims

Louisiana isn't known for being an aggressive or harsh place, and studies have now shown that the good-natured style of residents pours over into many divorces. In fact, the study claims that many of the divorces that take place in Louisiana happen on friendly terms.

The survey from 2019 found that around two out of three divorces in Louisiana ended on good terms. Nationally, the average is a little below half of all divorces at around 45%. Why? Some believe it's a good quality of life in the state that helps distract people from the pain of their divorces. Others may just want to be kind to one another despite their differences.

Protecting your financial interests with a postnuptial agreement

When two people get married, they are excited about what the future holds. It is likely there is no thought regarding the potential for divorce. As a result, many Louisiana couples walk down the aisle without the legal protections that may be necessary and important down the road. By overlooking the need for a prenuptial agreement, they may be exposing themselves to great financial and legal risk.

If you are already married, there are still certain types of legal protections that could be available to you. While a prenuptial agreement is only an option for two people who are not yet in a marriage, a postnuptial agreement works in much the same way, yet a couple drafts this type of contract at some point down the road.

How can you find all your assets during divorce?

When you're dividing your property, you have to think of all your assets. It's not enough to think that you have everything but to be unsure. If you don't disclose assets during your divorce, you could get into deep trouble. If you forget to look for certain assets, you could miss out on claiming your shared portion.

Most people going through a divorce haven't been through this before, so it's important to figure out how to locate all your assets. You have a few options.

How can you try to gain primary custody?

Child custody is an important topic to discuss with your child's other parent. No matter how you two feel about one another, if you're both decent parents, then you should have time with your child.

It is normally presumed that both parents will continue to play a role in a child's life, even if they are divorced. How much time you spend with your child depends on a number of factors and who ends up with primary custody.

Don't let myths impact your child's divorce experience

Divorces that involve children can be among the most difficult. However, it all comes down to how parents handle things. You may worry about your children suffering no matter what you do, but they won't. There are many things that people assert about children going through divorce that simply aren't true, and some myths that could actually hurt children's adjustment to divorce.

For example, you may have heard that divorcing early in your child's life is better, because they'll be too young to remember it and won't have trauma from it. However, children who are two or older are likely to have some memories linked to their parents' split. Therefore, you should still take steps to ease them into the divorce and the changes that come with it.

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