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Plan for the unexpected in child custody cases in Louisiana

The active hurricane season brings up an important point for residents of Louisiana who have child custody orders in place. These parents should make contingency plans for weather-related emergencies.

Before a hurricane makes landfall here, parents have to decide whether they will evacuate or ride it out with the kids somewhere safe. This is something that is crucially important in this region of the country.

We realize that most people in the Lake Charles area know all too well what devastation can occur in a hurricane. Have you ever thought about what you would do if your ex planned to ride out the hurricane with your child against your wishes? Or about what you would do if you wanted to evacuate with your child but your ex didn't agree with that?

It is important to think about these sorts of issues when you are drafting child custody agreements. The more detailed the custody plan, the better able you will be to prepare for hurricanes and other unexpected emergencies that might arise. For instance, who will care for the children if school is dismissed early because of a hurricane warning or other severe weather occurrence?

We realize that there are a lot of unknowns that you might not be able to think about right now. Fortunately, the list of events like hurricanes is short. It's a plus for everyone involved if parents are able to set aside their differences when disasters loom on the horizon. Both should keep their kids' safety and stability foremost when making any decisions that could potentially affect their lives or safety.

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