Allison & Allison, Attorneys at Law - Houma, Louisiana
Thank you for calling us about your family law case. I hope this page will give you some useful information and tools to help you.
Divorce and custody battles are often an emotional roller coaster, but with Allison & Allison on your side you can rest assured that your voice will be heard. We will take away much of the stress and worry.
We understand the sensitive and complex nature of divorce and family law. We have successfully handled hundreds of divorce cases. We will use this experience to assist you, and will work diligently to achieve the success you’re looking for in the courtroom.
It's important that you take steps immediately! Here are the steps you should take right now to help make sure things work out for you the best way possible.
Once the two of you separate, it may be difficult to put together a full picture of your property. One quick and easy way to document your personal property is to make a video. Use a smartphone to video everything you own by just walking around the house, opening drawers, describing things as you go. Walk around outside and capture outdoor items, too.
Make a copy of all the financial records you can get your hands on, going back at least a year: bank statements, bills, credit card statements, car titles.
Make a list of accounts and investments and their balances.
Consider the fact that your financial situation is going to be a bit rougher for a while. The two of you have maintained a single household on your combined income. Soon, it will have to maintain two.
Consider what your sources of income will be and what your new expenses will look like. Come up with a tentative monthly budget. If your spouse is the primary breadwinner, and the separation is going to be less than friendly, plan for how you will get along for a few months without that income. The court will eventually order your spouse to pay support, but it might take a while.
Under most circumstances, you will be required to live completely separate from each other for either 6 months or a full year to finalize a divorce. You will have to actually live under separate roofs. One of you will have to move out. Start making plans for how that will happen. Who will leave? Where will they go? What will it take to move things?
Keeping a journal can help you in two very different ways: it can help you legally and also emotionally. Legally, your journal can be a useful reference and record of things that have happened in your case which you want to discuss with your lawyer or testify to in court. Emotionally, it can help you work though the pain and grief you are going through, helping you separate the emotional clouds from the level-headed "business decisions" you will have to make.
Of course, the fact that you are reading this probably means you are already looking for an attorney, and that is good. It's best to get an attorney involved as quickly as possible. The longer you wait to talk to an attorney, the less effective they can be in protecting your rights and interests, since, for some things, it might be too late.
Talk to an attorney right away. It usually doesn't cost anything and can save you so much in the long run. If you are worried about your spouse finding out you are speaking to an attorney, there are ways we can help you keep it confidential.
Here are some of the unique features of our law practice that make us stand out from all the others:
No surprises! We only charge flat fees for our services. You will know before work starts on your case exactly how much the representation well cost. And, we can often provide an affordable payment plan that will fit your budget.
We digitize all of our documents. This means you can review any document you need right on your smart phone or computer. This speeds up the review and approval of your documents, and is more efficient and convenient.
We look at the "big picture" rather than just the immediate problem in front of us. We know what you are going through is rough, but you will get through it, and there will be new challenges to face down the road. When we take on a client, we look beyond the issues they are currently facing and help them head off potential problems in their future.
ABout Morgan Allison
Author and attorney Morgan Allison earned a Juris Doctorate from the LSU Hebert Law Center in 2001. He practices family and estate law in Houma, Louisiana with his wife and law partner Elizabeth Allison.
Mr. Allison has represented hundreds of clients in divorce litigation in Terrebonne Parish.
Mr. Allison has served the community as a volunteer EMT/firefighter, District Chairman for the Boy Scouts of America, and currently as a member of the board of directors of the Houma Rotary Club.
If you have a divorce or custody issue, you need to talk to a lawyer right away! The sooner a lawyer can get started working for you, the better the results will be in the long run. Steps need to be taken as soon as possible to protect you and your interests.
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