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Slidell Louisiana Family Law Blog

Pet Trusts

When people create a last will and testament, they normally leave their assets to specific loved ones, but did you know that you can also leave assets to your pet animals? It has been reported that Oprah Winfrey set up a trust leaving $30 million dollars for her beloved dogs at her death and who can forget when Leona Helmsley set up a trust leaving an estate worth $12 million dollars to her Maltese, Trouble, when she died in 2007. Captivatingly, you do not have to be a billionaire or famous to plan for the future of your furbabies.

Custody and Civility

Civility during a custody dispute. Does it exist? In an earlier article, How to Prepare for Divorce, one of the pointers was to "remain civil." I've received some feedback and questions on this point, wherein people asked, "can being too nice hurt my case?" And, more prevalently, "how to be nice when the other parent is not."

Grounds for Divorce in Louisiana

Louisiana does not require fault to obtain a divorce. This means that either spouse can petition the court for a divorce and the divorce shall be granted upon proof that the requisite periods of time have elapsed. Refer to the Divorce Process for a more detailed explanation. The requisite period of time is 365 days if you have children and 180 days if you do not. The other spouse cannot force you to stay married or go to marriage counseling. If you want a divorce, you can get one.