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Emancipation: When parents and children seek to separate

The general rule of law in Louisiana is that parents and children are bound to each other in some way until the children reach the age of adulthood. Children have a right to expect a certain level of support from their parents and parents have an obligation to provide for the child. There's also some expectation that the parents will take appropriate steps to raise the child to become as productive a member of society as possible.

Can pet custody be part of a prenuptial agreement?

When you talk about your family do you include Fido, Fluffy, Polly or Iggy? A lot of people in Louisiana do. For many people pets are more than property. They are companions that have personalities that make them more than just animals. Some couples never have children and pets become their family.

Family is foundational to society. Dad is foundational to family

It is regularly stated that the family is the foundation of society. Whether you grant that to be true or not, one thing that has become abundantly clear is that how society defines family is something that is undergoing significant change.

Parents don't forfeit rights in suspected child abuse cases

A sense of community-wide social conscience can be a dicey thing. On the one hand, everyone is an individual and the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. On the other, the legitimate exercise of society to identify and impose common norms through legislation is also guaranteed.

If you and your fiancee or spouse want to avoid divorce

If you are either happily engaged or married, you may be surprised at how often you worry about the possibility of divorce. This is a normal concern. No matter how wonderful things may be now, the unexpected may lead you and your romantic partner to grow apart. However, the fact that this worry is normal does not make it easy to stomach. Thankfully, there are things you can do to ease your concerns.

When is a marriage 'absolutely null' or 'relatively null'? p2

We are talking about how Louisiana law treats marriages that for one reason or another should not have taken place. Remember, a valid marriage requires the man and woman to consent to the marriage contract and to participate in a legitimate marriage ceremony. In addition, there cannot be a legal impediment to the marriage.

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