The overall divorce rate in Louisiana and the United States in general is declining except in one age group. The divorce rate for those over 50, known as gray divorce, is actually on the increase. While financial concerns are paramount in any marriage dissolution, they can be critical when the parties are near retirement age. This is particularly true if one spouse did not work outside the home.
Some people here in Louisiana who get a divorce say that their spouse asked for one "out of nowhere." Feeling blindsided is not uncommon, though there are others who say that they saw signs that they were headed for a split. Experts say that there are several common warnings that a couple could end up getting a divorce.
The dissolution of a marriage has always included the need for property division. In the 21st Century, it is not only physical and financial property one needs to be concerned about but digital property as well. Digital property can include a myriad of different items, and each must be carefully considered and dealt with when considering a divorce in Louisiana.
Just about the only thing one can say with any certainty about marriage is that no two relationships are exactly the same. No matter how many books are written on how to keep relationships alive, however, it is impossible to predict which Louisiana marriages will last a lifetime and which will end in divorce. Several authors and relationship analysts recently discussed the issue and they believe there are various signs that suggest a particular marriage may have problems at some point.
Though it seems counterintuitive, a prenuptial agreement can actually provide a framework for a healthy relationship. If the marriage does not last, then an existing agreement can help eliminate the risks that a spouse can face during a divorce. In spite of the negative connotation associated with a prenup, Louisiana residents who have one in place may have a peace-of-mind advantage.
When a couple chooses to marry, they do so with the intention that they will spend the rest of their lives together. Unfortunately, some in Louisiana ultimately come to the conclusion that they are no longer compatible. However, even when couples are in agreement that a divorce is the best possible outcome, strong emotions are often involved in the process.
When most people in Louisiana make the difficult decision to end their marriage, they are likely aware of several of the difficult decisions that must be made. These decisions typically involve spousal and child support as well as asset division. However, many couples seeking a divorce often struggle to decide who will be responsible for debt.
Often, couples in Louisiana make the decision to end their marriage after they have spent many years together. For military couples, it may be especially difficult for a spouse to be employed -- should he or she choose -- because of the need to move every few years, making it difficult to contribute to retirement savings. However, former spouses are likely entitled to a portion of retirement benefits from the other spouse under certain circumstances. The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that settled a hotly contested issue regarding the division of military disability following a divorce when a former spouse was awarded a share of her husband's retirement pay.
Incarceration in prison can jeopardize the chances of a continued relationship between a Louisiana parent and his or her children. The law typically protects parental rights after a divorce, but a parent in jail loses most of those rights. Although that person will still be regarded as a parent, his or her involvement in parenting can be compromised.
Pets, like children, crawl deep into the hearts of their "parents" and soon become part of the family in many Louisiana homes. Often in cases of divorce or separation, pets become one of the points of contention and may spark the question -- who gets custody? Legally pets are considered as property, like all other possessions.