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Know your options for cross-border custody battles

Lake Charles is right on the Louisiana-Texas border. This brings up a challenge for some people who are going through a child custody case. What will happen if your ex moves across the border or if you need to move across the border? Many people might assume that this is a no-brainer, but if you and your ex have a child custody agreement, this might not be so easy.

Child support orders might need to be changed sometimes

Child support payments are vital for the child. These payments help ensure that the child has the necessities of life that he or she needs to survive. If you are paying child support and find that you are having trouble making those payments because your circumstances have changed since your previous order was issued, you might need to consider taking action to get a new child support order.

Know your rights as your child's father

In a previous blog post, we discussed how fathers should fight for their right to raise their children. This is something that many men don't think about doing simply because of the historical role of fathers in a child's life after a divorce. We know that this might be the way you think things still are, but this isn't the case.

Learn how to protect your personal assets

When you get married, the things you have and the things your new spouse has are likely to merge. This isn't always a huge deal; however, you must ensure that you are taking the steps necessary to protect family heirlooms and other items that you don't want to be viewed as marital property.

Customize the options for your child custody case

The summer months are coming up and that means having fun in the Louisiana sun. Whether you are planning local excursions or an out-of-state adventure, you have to ensure that you stay in compliance with the child custody order that is in place if you and your child's other parent are separated. We know that this can be difficult, but you don't want any legal troubles.

What are decision-making powers in child custody cases?

A child custody case involves having to think about a lot of different topics. One of the main considerations is who will make decisions for the child. This isn't always something that is easy to determine, but it is something that must be included in the child custody order.

Fight for your rights to parent your child

Family law issues are some of the most serious matters that people can face. When you child's life is put in the balance during a child custody case, you might not know how to handle the situation. In Louisiana, the courts only want to do what is in the best interests of the child. Still, there might be some instances in which another person's idea what is in your child's best interests and your idea of it differ.

How can malicious mother syndrome affect child custody?

Malicious mother syndrome is something that can have a big impact on child custody cases. When this occurs, the mother will try to make the father look bad so that she can have the child all to herself. In some cases, she tries to turn the child against the father. It is imperative that men who are involved in a custody dispute with a woman who might be malicious takes this information to heart.

How does a father establish paternity?

Establishing paternity is something that is a very serious matter. This gives the father the right to be a part of the child's life. It also sets specific duties on the father. If a man wants to establish paternity, he should make sure that he knows the process and the effects of doing this.

Fathers should exercise their legal rights appropriately

In our previous blog post, we discussed how a father's rights are limited before the baby is born. Sadly, this means that fathers might not be able to have a part in the decisions that they want to have. In some cases, they might not even be able to know anything about the baby or how the pregnancy is going. We know that many fathers want to play a primary role in their child's life. We can help fathers learn about the options they have to do this.

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Lake Charles, LA 70629

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