Our Louisiana Civil Code was written to be a sort of blueprint for daily life, with instructions on all sorts of topics. One series of topics is contained in the book entitled, “Persons,” and speaks to the relationships of people in our society. Husbands and wives, parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, all interact within the confines of the Code.
Our family practice, then, is really a “Persons” practice, because we operate within the four corners of the Book of Persons. We help our clients to understand the laws laid out in the Code and apply them to their legal problems. Of course, a lot of concerns fall under the umbrella of “people and relationships,” and this makes for a varied and interesting practice. Here are some common concerns our clients ask us to address:
- Pre-marital agreements for men and women wanting to make arrangements for separation of property;
- Divorce either before or after a period of living separate and apart;
- Property settlement (called partition) during or after a divorce, including Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO’s) for distribution of pensions and other retirement plans;
- Child custody by a parent;
- Tutorship of a child by a grandparent or other relative;
- Emancipation of an older child;
- Child support obligations and arrearages;
- Adoption of a child within the family (intra-family adoption);
- Adoption of a child outside the family (private or agency adoption);
- Wills and Powers of Attorney for planning end of life issues;
- Successions for families dealing with the property of a loved one lost.
Louisiana’s legal history is rich and deeply rooted in the traditions of family. Meneray Family Law is dedicated to serving the needs of all “persons” and their families, and we invite you to contact us at (504) 330-5522 today.