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Teenagers and alcohol: Why do they drink?

You may agree with many other Louisiana parents who say that raising teenagers is both rewarding and greatly challenging at the same time. If you have more than one teenager in your family at this time, you may feel an increase of such challenges and, hopefully, of the rewards as well. It's no secret that a lot of the teenage population in the United States have been getting into trouble in recent years.  

From online bullying, suicide and other heavy social issues, kids today face a lot more stress and peer pressure than was typical for teenagers long ago. It has definitely taken its toll, and if your son or daughter is in trouble with the law, you understand just how difficult such situations can be. Another major problem among teens is underage drinking.  

Your back pain medication may bring more than pain relief

Whether you suffered an injury or simply chalk it up to getting older, your struggle with back pain may affect you daily. While you tried treating your pain at home, it simply became unbearable over time. As a result, you went to your doctor in hopes of obtaining some kind of relief.

After your evaluation, your doctor may have prescribed you an opioid pain reliever. At first, you may have felt some sense of hesitation at taking the prescription, but after the relief it brought you, you felt comfortable taking it more often. While it may help your pain subside for a while, these drugs do come with risks.

Domestic partnerships: Similar, but not the same as, marriages

If you've heard of a domestic partnership, you may know that it means that a couple is living together, but beyond that aren't sure what legal protections it entails. A domestic partnership is a relationship between two people living together. They are not married, but they do obtain rights such as survivorship, hospital visitation and more.

Domestic partnerships were first created in the 1980s as a response to the difficulty same-sex couples had when trying to marry. Domestic partnerships aren't needed as often today thanks to the legalization of same-sex marriage, but some people do still choose them over marriage.

Don't let your emotions ruin your chance at a great settlement

It's easy for a person fed up with the struggle of a divorce to simply walk away. He or she might agree that fighting for assets or compensation is just a waste of time and energy, a frustration that isn't worth the stress.

Attorneys hate to hear this, not because it means the clients aren't advocating for more compensation, but because the reality is that both partners deserve to be treated fairly during a divorce. You have needs following a divorce, and the decisions you make in your settlement agreement can impact you for many years to come.

Child custody interference is a violation of law in Louisiana

One of the things that parents sometimes run into with child custody orders is an ex-spouse who interferes with the orders. For example, one parent may regularly say that he or she is sick or that the kids are sick, so they don't have to drop them off on time. Another example would be refusing to send a child home or refusing the child's requests to call the other parent if the court order and parenting arrangement allowed it.

Police and sheriffs respond to domestic complaints many times each year, but people can do better and save these emergency workers time and energy. While separations and divorces are hard, a court order is there to make sure you do what you're meant to do. If you aren't, then you're interfering with custody and could end up back in court. Parents who regularly interfere with custody for no good reason may lose custody or go from a custodial to noncustodial parent.

Does one or more of these issues apply to your teenager?

Raising teenagers in a modern world is definitely not for the fainthearted. Like most good parents in Louisiana, you likely view your teen with great pride, and he or she probably brings much joy in your life, that is, when he or she is not exasperating you when hormones and emotions that seem to take over his or her body. This description is par for the course in most households with teenagers.  

If you happen to be one of many whose problems have grown a lot more serious than fluctuating hormones and mood swings, you can take comfort in knowing you are not alone in the struggle. Many parents are doing their best to help their teenagers overcome legal problems, many of which are alcohol or drug related. To help a teen get back on track, it's a good idea to analyze underlying issues, such as what prompts juveniles to experiment with these substances? It's also good to know where to seek support.  

3 custody schedules to help you manage after divorce

There are several ways that you can set up custody and visitation to benefit you and your child in Louisiana. First, you need to know some terms. First, the domiciliary parent is the one who has a home where the child lives. The other parent is the parent with visitation. Physical custody refers to the person who has physical custody of a child during a certain time. Normally, both parents have physical custody at one point or another, but there is one parent who has domicile in most cases.

There are three kinds of schedules to have in place. One is a residential schedule, another is the holiday schedule and a third is the summer break schedule. These schedules are important, because they determine where your child will be during those time periods.

Should you seek alimony?

If you're going through a divorce, one of the things you may have asked your spouse for is alimony. Your attorney should have spoken to you about alimony and what it entails, but it's always a good idea to learn more about the topic.

Alimony is a type of support awarded to spouses who have not been working or who have supported their spouses through school or their careers. For example, if you are a parent and stayed home to provide child care while your spouse went to school or work, you may be in a position to seek alimony. Similarly, someone who worked to pay for a spouse's schooling may seek alimony as a kind of repayment for the gesture.

Sole custody: Your right to decide on important factors

As a parent who would like to seek sole custody, it's a good idea to understand exactly what that means. Sole custody means that you'll have the exclusive physical and legal custody of your child. You will not have to ask the other parent for permission to allow your child to do certain things, but the other parent will need to ask you if he or she intends to travel with the child or seek medical attention for him or her, for example.

In many cases, parents share legal custody while one parent has sole physical custody. That means that both parents have a right to make decisions in the best interests of the child but only one has primary custody while the other may or may not have visitation rights.

How can you decide on custody time?

It's not always easy to determine who should have custody of a child after a divorce, but there is a checklist you can go over that could give you an idea of how much time each parent currently spends with a child and how that should work out following the divorce.

Here's an example: If you are the primary caretaker and always provide your child with care while your spouse works, then you would mark down that you provide meals and feeding, do the grocery shopping and do laundry, for example. If there are shared responsibilities, mark those down as well.

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