A relative must obtain legal guardianship of the child if the relative is responsible for the child's physical and emotional needs, as well as for making important decisions about the child's care.
This information is about Child In Need Of Care (CINC) cases and how they are handled. In these cases, the court decides that a child needs help and support to make sure they are safe and well. This guide helps you understand CINC cases, why they exist, and how decisions are made to take care of children who need help.
This information covers extended foster care, which is a program designed to support young people as they transition from foster care to adulthood. This information covers the range of services and resources to help youth become self-sufficient and achieve their goals through extended foster care.
The information explains how Louisiana's juvenile courts handle child custody. These courts focus on protecting children's welfare, and dealing with kids under 18 who may be involved in crime, or need care due to neglect, or other issues. The courts cover several custody-related matters, like parental disputes, child abuse cases, foster care, ending parental rights, and child support. It also helps you figure out if a juvenile court is handling a specific case.
Louisiana courts use the "best interest of the child" standard to determine custody. This article lays out the factors that make up the "best interest of the child" test used by the courts and explains how the factors can influence a judge's decision on custody.
This information goes over the guidelines that Louisiana has set as rules for how child support arrangements are calculated and enforced. This includes the financial models that Louisiana establishes for child support, based on income or needs. This also includes the process of how to calculate child support payments.
This resource goes over the issues of enforcing a child custody order. If one parent is not complying with the order, the other parent may need to know their rights to ask the court to enforce the custody order. This information also goes over the process of filing a contempt order if one parent is in violation of the custody order.
This information explains the child protection investigation process, which ensures the safety and well-being of children who may be at risk of abuse, neglect, or harm.
This resource explains when the law allows a party to ask for a change in a custody judgment. It discusses the differences between changing a consent versus considered judgment of custody. This resource goes over the process of changing a consent child custody judgment.
This resource covers general information on child custody orders, parenting plans, and visitation. This includes information about how to establish, enforce, and modify custody. This also includes information about how to get visitation to see a child.