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Learn the best ways to pay support to avoid trouble

Child support is more than just a payment from one parent to cover the cost of raising a child. It is an obligation that helps guarantee financial, medical and emotional support for children.

The Department of Children and Family Services handles child support issues such as enforcing and establishing orders, collecting payments and distributing child support payments when necessary.

Get help as you cope with divorce

Every divorce is different, and it isn't always easy to cope with one. If you were surprised by your spouse's request for a divorce, you may be hurt and anxious about what's to come.

Remember that you are not alone. Many people have been through what you're going through now who are available to help you. From friends and family with positive and thoughtful actions to your attorney, who can help with the legal aspects of divorce, you do have support.

Helping kids adjust: When your children act out during divorce

Although it is an uncomfortable situation to be in, parents do have to handle the struggle of helping their children adjust to divorce despite the ways they may be acting out against them. A young child may have tantrums, while an older child might begin talking back or lashing out. It is hard to handle, but it is a parent's responsibility to do so.

It is totally normal for children to react to such a major life change in a dramatic way. Your child may be angry or frustrated, scared or in pain. This could come out in harmful actions like hitting or throwing objects, or it could show up as symptoms of an illness.

Recognizing parental alienation

Co-parenting with someone with whom you no longer share a romantic relationship can prove difficult even under the best possible circumstances. However, if you are also co-parenting with someone who wishes to turn your child against you or otherwise change his or her opinion of you, it can prove to be even more of a struggle.

While it is, unfortunately, not uncommon for one parent to speak ill of his or her ex in the wake of a divorce, when it happens repeatedly, it may wind up constituting parental alienation. Parental alienation is a serious behavior that can have a strong and negative impact on your child. In fact, many child-rearing authorities now contend that parental alienation is, in fact, a form of abuse, and that it can, in some cases, have lifelong emotional effects on the children who have to deal with it.

Child support is about giving your child a better life

Child support is a tool that is used to help a child have the financial support of a two-parent household when they are living with a single parent. Generally speaking, child support boosts the quality of a child's life.

Some people argue that child support isn't fair; this argument is made particularly often when parents have joint custody and nearly a 50-50 share of time with their children. The truth is, though, that paying support isn't just about giving your child more. It's also about making sure they're living in a safe environment and have the necessities.

How do you divide community property?

When you're working through your property division arrangements or community property partitions as it is called in Louisiana, it can be hard to know what you want to give up. Louisiana is one of a few states that recognizes community property laws, which require an equal split of marital property upon divorce.

While you might be fine with that 50-50 split, that doesn't mean it's always going to be simple. To divide your property, you'll still need to know the value of your marital property and decide how to divide it between you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse.

Considering these factors helps with your custody plan

Child custody is a hard topic to talk about, especially when you're close to your children. Both you and your spouse may have an idea of how you want to split your time with your kids, but there are many factors to consider.

When you're deciding on custody arrangements, you can't just make a decision or fight for custody that you don't have time for. You must consider factors such as outside responsibilities, work and other children who you need time for.

Handle your emotions to avoid a nasty divorce

Divorces are complex, and they can be emotionally, physically and financially draining. As someone who is going through a divorce, you need to be prepared for the impact it's going to have on your life.

When your spouse approached you to ask for a divorce, you might have been blindsided. That sudden realization that your spouse isn't happy with you is hurtful, and you may have no other option but to let them go. The reality is that this deep hurt is part of why many divorces dissolve into conflict.

Here's 3 tips for bringing up a prenuptial agreement

You love your fiance, and you want to make sure that you both start off your marriage the right way. That's why you'd like to bring up the idea of a prenuptial agreement to them.

While you know that a prenuptial agreement can be beneficial, you aren't sure if they'll agree. So, how can you bring up such a sensitive topic? Here are three important tips.

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