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Emancipation is possible when minors want freedom

Entering the court while seeking emancipation is a serious situation. It's a process by which the court grants you the right to live as an adult despite the fact that you're a minor. There are cases in which an emancipation is necessary or appropriate. To receive an emancipation, you'll have to prove that your case is one of those situations.

Court strikes down Louisiana's anti-immigrant marriage law

In January 2016, a law went into effect in Louisiana that required a birth certificate from foreign-born residents before they could get a marriage license. While people who were born in the U.S. could get a judge's waiver if they couldn't get a birth certificate, those people who were born in another country were not given the same option.

Dating partners now under widened domestic abuse law in Louisiana

Louisiana Rep. Helena Moreno (D-New Orleans) proposed a few changes to the state's domestic abuse laws. Should House Bill 223 be signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards, the crimes of aggravated assault on a dating partner and battery of a dating partner will be created.

Inmates might be relieved of their child support obligations

Demanding that a prison inmate continues to make child support payments when he or she has no way to earn an income might not make sense. The child support payments could add up over the months and years to become an insurmountable debt barrier to the inmate's reintegration back into society after confinement.

New ruling flouts 2008 law designed to protect victims

Which concern outweighs the other: the idea that a potentially innocent man could be forced to remain out of contact with his children while a false allegation of a violent marital rape moves through the criminal court system or the possibility that a criminal who raped his wife now has unfettered access to his children—who are expected to be called as witnesses for the prosecution during his trial?

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