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Dispute over payments in divorce property settlement

For many Louisiana spouses, their pet is an important part of their family. When divorce seems likely, many people are concerned over how to ensure that their pet is properly cared for during and after that process. Pet "custody" has become a real issue in recent years, with couples reaching property settlement agreements that include very detailed provisions concerning pet care. An example is found in a couple that may be headed to court over issues regarding "pet support."

Include college tuition in child support negotiations

Negotiating the financial aspects of a divorce often takes more time than any other matter that a Louisiana couple will face as they part ways. This is understandable, as the outcome of property division, spousal support and child support negotiations will shape the financial future of both parties for many years to come. One topic that is often overlooked during discussions about child support is the manner in which the parties plan to address college tuition and expenses.

Did this child custody case rest on parental IQ levels?

Faced with a custody battle, many Louisiana residents prepare to argue over visitation schedules, decision-making responsibilities and matters of financial support. In some cases, however, a child custody fight is between the parents and state authorities. An example is found in the case of a couple from the Pacific Northwest who have lost custody of their children based on concerns about their intellect. That matter has led to debate across the nation about the limits of state authority in determining who should and should not be parents.

Adding an ethical will to the estate planning approach

When most people think about creating their estate plan, they focus on the more practical aspects. They may consider how to draft their will, whether to set up a trust, or how to structure a power of attorney. Little thought is given to the more emotional aspects of estate planning, but those are the details that often mean the most to those left behind when a Louisiana resident passes away.

Factoring Fido into the estate planning process

Many Louisiana residents spend a great deal of time thinking about how to pass accumulated assets down to the next generation. They spend almost no time, however, planning how their pet will be cared for in the event of the owner's incapacitation or death. Pet care can and should be included in the estate planning process, so that a loved cat, dog or other pet will be properly cared for when the time comes.

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