Louisiana covenant marriage allows divorce – but it’s complicated
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by On Behalf of Jeremy Epstein Law, LLC
1M ago
Louisiana is among just a few states that recognize covenant marriage. Those who advocate for covenant marriage often do so because this type of marriage is less likely to end in divorce.  If a spouse or the couple together decides to divorce, it’s a lengthier and more complicated process than divorce in a traditional marriage is. It requires a lengthy separation period before a divorce can be granted. It also requires a serious reason or ground for that separation and possibly eventual divorce. What is required for separation? Under Louisiana law, to seek a separation from your spouse, y ..read more
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What happens to your pet during divorce?
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by On Behalf of Jeremy Epstein Law, LLC
1M ago
If you’re getting a divorce, you need to divide marital assets with your ex. Though there are some exceptions, it generally means dividing assets that the two of you purchased during your marriage. You also need to split up income that you earned or financial accounts that you have, like investments or retirement accounts. While considering all of these high-value assets, you may wonder what is going to happen to your family pet. If you and your spouse purchased a dog together, for example, it is also a marital asset that you share. But your pet certainly feels like a part of your family. So h ..read more
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Tips for parents: Telling your children about your divorce
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by On Behalf of Jeremy Epstein Law, LLC
1M ago
The approach that parents take when discussing a decision to divorce with their children will have a lasting impact on their emotional well-being. Parents must (when possible and appropriate) approach this talk as a unified front, better ensuring that they’ll communicate a message of love and support, despite the changes ahead. Creating a safe and open environment for this discussion is crucial. Children need to feel secure enough to express their feelings and ask questions. The aim is to reassure them that their parents will be there for them, regardless of the marital changes. Preparation is ..read more
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How do you close your shared bank account?
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by On Behalf of Jeremy Epstein Law, LLC
2M ago
If your spouse asked for a divorce, your first thought may have been that you need to protect your financial assets. Maybe the two of you have been using a shared bank account for years. But you can see that you’re now going to have to divide your assets between the two of you, which probably means closing down that shared account. But how do you do it? It’s important not to make it appear that you’re trying to take those assets for yourself or hide assets from your ex. After all, they also have a right to the money in that account and it needs to be divided properly.  What regulations do ..read more
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Why co-parents need to be careful on social media
Jeremy Epstein Law, LLC Blog
by On Behalf of Jeremy Epstein Law, LLC
2M ago
For co-parents, navigating social media can be a particularly complex undertaking. Because of the potentially consequential nature of social media usage when one is in a co-parenting relationship, engaging on these platforms requires a heightened level of caution, when compared with the average social media user. Ultimately, being careful on social media is not just a matter of personal privacy for co-parents, making this effort – or failing to do so – could impact the well-being of their children and the dynamics of their co-parenting relationships. What is the big deal? Children, especially ..read more
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Who keeps a financed vehicle in a Louisiana divorce?
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by On Behalf of Jeremy Epstein Law, LLC
3M ago
Married couples generally combine their resources to enjoy a higher overall standard of living. They can buy a nicer vehicle and get better credit terms because of their combined household income. Unfortunately, couples who decide to divorce must tackle the challenging process of dividing their marital property. Louisiana is a community property state which means that each spouse has an interest in most assets acquired during the marriage regardless of who earned more money or whose name is on the ownership paperwork for those assets. What would typically happen with a financed vehicle during ..read more
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How can an uncontested divorce potentially benefit my children?
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by On Behalf of Jeremy Epstein Law, LLC
4M ago
Even though divorce can be stressful and difficult for everyone concerned, divorcing couples should know that dissolving their marriage doesn’t necessarily have to be a tense conflict. Depending on your circumstances, you can choose an uncontested divorce that enables you to collaborate with your partner as you leave the marriage. An uncontested divorce is a legal process wherein both parties mutually agree to end their marriage amicably without engaging in protracted courtroom battles. This alternative approach to divorce litigation has garnered recognition for its potential to reduce stress ..read more
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3 tips to help your child with separation anxiety during visitation
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by On Behalf of Jeremy Epstein Law, LLC
4M ago
If you have just divorced, or a parent who has not had much presence in your child's life has recently secured visitation rights, your child may take time to get used to visitation. They may have a difficult time, especially when young. And one of the issues they may face is separation anxiety. Your child crying when you drop them to the other parent or when you pick them up can be stressful. But you can help them. Here are some ways you can help your child at this time: 1. They should not skip visitation This may sound strict, but your child should not skip visitation even when they are anxio ..read more
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Should you include virtual visitation in your custody agreement?
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by On Behalf of Jeremy Epstein Law, LLC
5M ago
The court typically determines a child's best interests when making custody decisions. Accordingly, it may grant or not grant you custody. If the latter happens, you will be entitled to reasonable visitation rights unless the court finds that visitation would not be in the child's best interest. When creating a parenting plan with your co-parent, you should consider including virtual visitation. Here is why: You may be unable to observe a scheduled visitation You may be unable to spend time with your child according to the scheduled plan. If you travel a lot for work, this may be your case. A ..read more
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A gray divorce’s unique challenges and how to overcome them
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by On Behalf of Jeremy Epstein Law, LLC
6M ago
Divorce knows no age. It can happen to young couples who just got married or to those who have aged together for decades. Thus, regardless of where spouses are in their lives, divorce presents challenges. However, for those 50 or older, gray divorce often entails particularly unique obstacles. How to combat late-in-life divorce struggles Studies show that gray divorce is prevalent among aging boomers born from 1946 to 1964, with triple upswings for 65 and older between 1990 and 2021. The rising numbers stem from a range of reasons – people are living longer and healthier, more career opportuni ..read more
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