Custody and Visitation

Child Custody and Visitation

Lauren Gay Coleman can help you with your custody issue, whether you need representation in a custody dispute or help in drafting a workable joint custody plan both parties will be able to abide by.

Child Custody and visitation are decided during the period after the divorce is filed. The courts look to the best interest of the child in deciding child custody and visitation. Louisiana Civil Code Article 134 list the factors in determining a child’s best interest. It is as follows:
The court shall consider all relevant factors in determining the best interest of the child. Such factors may include:
(1) The love, affection, and other emotional ties between each party and the child.
(2) The capacity and disposition of each party to give the child love, affection, and spiritual guidance and to continue the education and rearing of the child.
(3) The capacity and disposition of each party to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care, and other material needs.
(4) The length of time the child has lived in a stable, adequate environment, and the desirability of maintaining continuity of that environment.
(5) The permanence, as a family unit, of the existing or proposed custodial home or homes.
(6) The moral fitness of each party, insofar as it affects the welfare of the child.
(7) The mental and physical health of each party.
(8) The home, school, and community history of the child.
(9) The reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child to be of sufficient age to express a preference.
(10) The willingness and ability of each party to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the child and the other party.
(11) The distance between the respective residences of the parties.
(12) The responsibility for the care and rearing of the child previously exercised by each party.


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Adoption of children is one of the most important steps you can take and you should carefully consider the attorney who will help you through this process.

In Louisiana there are three forms of adoption, intrafamily, private and agency. The intrafamily adoption is the most common type. And the most common type of intrafamily adoption is by a step parent. The private adoption is between two parties who either have know each other prior to the adoption process or have been brought together through some other means.  An agency adoption, as the name implies, is an adoption handled by a social service agency such as a church or adoption agency that specializes in such adoption.

Community Property

Under community property law each party has the right to request a division of community property. Community property includes all property acquired during the marriage. The normal assets to be divided upon divorce include pensions, homes and vehicles.

Louisiana is different from other states in that community property is not automatically divided at the time of the divorce. You must file a separate petition seeking a partition of community property either during the period of the divorce or after the divorce. There is no time limit for filing to partition the community property, however certain rights are time limited and you should consult an attorney to know about those rights.

Driving Directions

Directions: From MacArthur Drive south traffic circle, take the north service road back toward Prescott Road. Turn onto Prescott Road. The office is the first building from the north MacArthur Drive service road.
If coming from Texas Street, take Prescott Road behind St. Francis Cabrini Hospital. Continue down Prescott Road. The office is Building Number One which is the first building from the service road.,Alexandria,LA,71301,USA: live document unavailable: Connection reset

Bar Associations

Lauren Gay Coleman is admitted to the Louisiana State Bar and the Alexandria Bar Association.  She graduated Suma Cum Laude from Mobile College in Mobile Alabama and from the University of Alabama Law School.  She was admitted to the Alabama Bar Association in 1983 and the Louisiana State Bar in 1984.

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