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The law office of Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger is able to help individuals and businesses with all types of family law matters. Unlike most other firms, our Louisiana attorneys are able to draw from their diverse backgrounds and experience in family law.

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Weddings are a time of great joy.  The newly established couple possesses high hopes and aspirations for the life ahead of them.  Unfortunately, sometimes the promising future is replaced by an irreconcilable discord between the spouses.  For nearly 20 years, our firm has helped clients take the right steps to preserve their best interests as well as that of their family. The trauma of divorce can leave couples and their families feeling emotionally overwhelmed. Our focus is to guide you through this uncertain time with minimal conflict.  We realize there is no one-size-fits-all answer for divorce cases.  By taking the time to fully understand your situation, we’re able to tailor our approach based on your personal needs and goals. We handle both Contested and Uncontested divorces.


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When it comes to the well-being of children, it is essential to know your rights and responsibilities. Our firm has experience and a successful track record in this realm. We help individuals establish their parental rights, establish their children’s rights, and contest inaccurate declarations of paternity. As soon as these issues arise, you should contact an attorney. 

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We are experienced in negotiating practical custody arrangements. These reflect the best interest of your children.  You do not need to wait until the divorce is finalized before working out custody and visitation.  We can assist you in obtaining a provisional custody arrangement. This will be in the best interest of the children, while the other matters of your divorce are getting resolved.

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Whether you are entitled to receive or obligated to pay child support, we are committed to securing your rights.  We will make sure support calculations are based on accurate information.

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We will work closely with you to determine your eligibility for spousal support, whether it be Interim Spousal Support or Final Periodic Spousal Support. 

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Conflict can arise in any relationship. Our experienced attorneys are able to navigate these stressful times, while protecting your rights. Due to their quasi-criminal nature, restraining orders can be complicated. Since our firm has both family law attorneys and criminal defense attorneys, if a situation arises, we have you covered. 

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Louisiana is a community property state. The law provides that marital assets be divided on an equal basis, or as close to as possible. As skilled negotiators, we are committed to seeking the best possible outcome in the division of assets and debts acquired during your marriage.

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Sometimes it is best to pre-plan your legal rights and obligations ahead of time.  Granted, this can be a tough and uncomfortable conversation. However, it may be a practical course of action. This is especially true when either or both spouses have accumulated significant assets prior to marriage.

Should you seek guidance in this area, we can assist you in designing a “pre-nuptial agreement.” In the event of divorce, this will determine the division of assets and spousal support obligations.  We can also assist you in establishing a “separate property regime” should you deem it the best way to protect your assets and income, while remaining in a marital relationship.

Note: We cannot pre-determine child custody or support awards as that matter is always governed by what is in the best interest of the children.

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