Relationships whether dating or married

In a recent poll, one quarter of divorced couples report that in-laws are “somewhat�responsible for their marriages ending, and the mothers-in-law get most of the blame.At least nine Louisiana statutes include dating partners under their provisions, including the Domestic Abuse Assistance Act and laws governing bail, probation and temporary restraining orders. Under current law, a victim has to be a family member or an opposite sex household member living together as spouses, whether married or not.

In large part, it will determine who you become and the life you lead.

With this perspective, it's easy to consider anything less than a ring on the finger a failure.

The bill easily passed the House criminal justice committee.

But as it moves to the House floor, the National Rifle Association is trying to convince lawmakers that the term dating partners is overly broad. The definition of dating partners has been well established in Louisiana law for more than a decade.

That omission allows some abusers to escape the stronger penalties of domestic abuse battery, including a 26-week Domestic Abuse Intervention Program and loss of their firearms. Helena Moreno, a New Orleans Democrat, is trying to close that loophole.

Her House Bill 223 includes dating partners under domestic abuse battery, domestic abuse aggravated assault and other laws covering abuse.

This term may also refer to two or more people who have already decided they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.

These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.

"The plain language of the statute makes clear the intent of the legislature to provide 'dating partners' with the same relief it had previously made available to 'household members' and 'family members,' " the court said. But lawmakers' concern should be keeping victims as safe as possible.

Louisiana ranks second nationally for domestic violence homicides.

It’s very important to know exactly the type of partner you are searching for.

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