Marriage ending? Preplanning can help smooth the way

One of the most stressful in life is said to be a divorce.  It will not be easy, but pre-planning and taking some steps before you pull the trigger on the divorce will help lower the stress level. Know what you (both) own and owe. What you own: Inventory your assets....

They are not just her kids

Parenting is hard.  It is even harder when a couple breaks up.  Whether it is a friendly breakup or an all out civil war, crafting the custodial arrangement requires a balancing of parental rights with the best interests of the children. Dads are not second class...

The Pitfalls of the Do It Yourself Divorce Part#5

This is the fifth post in a series where we alert you to the Pitfalls of the Do It Yourself Divorce. Pitfall # 5  Thinking you are “doing the right thing.” The old saying, no good deed goes unpunished, applies to divorce.  We have heard it a million times....

The Pitfalls of the Do It Yourself Divorce Part #4

This post is the fourth post in a series where we alert you to the pitfalls of the Do It Yourself divorce. Pitfall #4  Letting your spouse hire the attorney. You decided not to hire an attorney.  Instead you will trust your spouse to hire the attorney to do the...

The Pitfalls of the Do It Yourself Divorce Part #2

This post is the second post in a series where we alert you to the pitfalls of the Do It Yourself divorce. Pitfall #2  Utilizing forms drafted by non-lawyers. You may have seen those creative entrepreneurs marketing their divorce document preparation services on...

The Pitfalls of the Do It Yourself Divorce Part #3

This post is the third post in a series where we alert you to the pitfalls of the Do It Yourself divorce. Pitfall #3 Failure to understand court procedure. Louisiana procedure is technical and not intuitive.  Lawyers are required to take classes in law school to...