Our client came in because she and her ex-boyfriend did not have a custody agreement on their minor children. We filed a Motion for Custody to be Set; and now they know exactly which parent should have the minor children on holidays, birthdays, summer vacation, etc. We always try to put something in the written judgments so that in odd years one parent will have the minor children on certain holidays and even years for other holidays.
Our client came in wanting an intrafamily adoption (a step-parent wanting to become the legal father). After a hearing on the termination of the legal father's rights, the judge terminated his parental rights, clearing the way for our client to adopt the minor child and have a new birth certificate issued with the child's new name.
Our client came in because his spouse was committing adultery and he wanted a divorce. We filed a petition for divorce based upon the adultery, and after a hearing proving the adultery, he was divorced.
Many of our clients come in because of a death of a loved one. Because I lost my husband several years ago, she can empathize with a person having to do a succession. Our client came in crying because she had just lost her husband and she could not get access to any of the bank accounts. We quickly got a judgment of possession for our client so that she could access the bank accounts and sell the vehicle that her husband drove. Plus, once she was ready to sell her house, she was able to do that. Successions always need to be done for a person to sell their home.
Our client came in because his ex-wife got a protective order against him claiming sexual molestation. After several polygraphs, investigations by DCFS, investigations by Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, it was determined that it was NOT true. He had previously been awarded custody of their minor children every other weekend. Now, he has shared custody on a weekly basis (she gets them for a week and he gets them for a week).
Our client had come in because she had gotten clean and sober for the last two years and wanted to change the custody agreement. Previously, she only got to see the children when her ex-husband allowed her to, and then he had to supervise the visit. After a trial, she received unsupervised custody of the minor children every other weekend. Judges understand that while parents may get hooked on drugs, once they get clean, they should have unsupervised custodial privileges.
Our client came in to get a divorce and custody. After the required amount of time (one year because the parties had a child under the age of eighteen), we had the court confirm a divorce. During that period, we also successfully had the parties establish a custodial agreement.
Our client came in because the "baby mama" was not allowing him to see the minor child. After several attempts to get her served, we finally got service. We had a paternity test done to determine that he was the biological father. Then after going to court, he now has three weekends a month with his child, plus holidays are set out for him.
Our client came in because he was not able to see the child except whenever the mother would let him. After a hearing on the matter, our client became the domiciliary parent and the mother saw her child every other weekend.
Our client came in to get a divorce from her husband. After the required amount of time they were separated (six months since they did not have any children under the age of 18), we had the court confirm a divorce. We then worked on the community property settlement which was successfully mediated.
Our client was a grandmother who came in to see us because the child's parents were both drug addicts. In the end, she got sole custody of the minor child and both parents received supervised visits with their child.
**We also do many, many divorces where there are no children or community property. These divorces are usually very easy and both parties agree to the divorce. These can be done fairly quickly and amicably. We do the same for custody on minor children. Both parties agree on how they should have their physical custody with the minor children. Therefore, we prepare the motions and judgments for the courts.