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Property Division Attorneys in Kenner & Covington, Louisiana

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If you are getting a divorce, we can help protect your property rights and interests.

An important consideration at the end of your marriage is the division of your marital assets. Louisiana is a community property state. This means that spouses generally share equally in the assets, income, and debt acquired by either spouse during the marriage. However, some income and some property may be separate income or separate property. Characterization of marital property as separate or community can be complicated. You need the services of an experienced community property partition lawyer to help you. Additionally, it is important that a trained professional assist you in insuring you receive an equal share of the assets acquired during the marriage.

The attorneys at Rue Law Frim have extensive training and experience in resolving complex property division issues and drafting divorce settlement agreements. If you are getting a divorce, they can help you protect your property rights and interests.

St. Tammany Parish Attorneys Help You Divide Your Marital Assets

The system of principles and rules governing the ownership and management of the property of married persons is called a matrimonial regime. In Louisiana, when persons marry they enter into a community property regime by law, unless they contract otherwise, such as by a prenuptial agreement. Thus, the vast majority of Louisiana marriages are subject to a community property regime.

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When spouses divorce, the community property regime terminates and the parties must divide the assets and liabilities of the marriage. The assets and liabilities of the marriage are generally classified as community or separate. The rules to classify marital assets can be highly technical and complex.

Assets to consider in a community property partition include:

  • Bank accounts

  • Retirement accounts

  • Investment accounts

  • Real estate

  • Rental or other investment property

  • Businesses

  • Insurance Policies

  • Oil and Gas Royalties or Interests

  • Trusts

  • Automobiles

  • Home furnishings and other movable property

Debts that often need to be divided in a community property partition include:

  • Mortgages

  • Credit Cards

  • Unsecured notes and loans

  • Auto Loans

In addition to dividing assets and liabilities, either spouse may have claims against the other for reimbursement for expenses of the marriage.

Such reimbursements may include:

  • Payment of the mortgage

  • Insurance

  • Taxes

  • Use of community funds for personal benefit

You need a lawyer who understands these complex rules and concepts in order to make sure you get your fair share of the community. The experienced attorneys at Rue Law Firm will help protect your interests when the community property of the marriage is divided.

The following is an excerpt from Louisiana Divorce Handbook (Available on, with Express Permission of Author Louisiana Family Law Attorney Stephen Rue. @ All Rights Reserved, Stephen Rue 2014.

Chapter 12

Property Division

1. Recap on Chapter 5

You have already taken advantage of the tips provided in the chapter encouraging you to “GET POSSESSION OF CHILDREN AND PROPERTY”

Always remember the importance of getting possession of the following:












Speak with Your Attorney About Dividing the Community Assets and Debts

Quite often individuals postpone resolving the division of marital property until after the divorce. Many people who get divorced feel a huge burden off of their backs after the final divorce judgment is rendered. For many reasons, some financial and some emotional, litigants frequently stop the litigation between their now former spouse without formally dividing up and community property assets and debts. Consult your attorney as to the pros and cons of pursuing a partition of the community property. A failure to divide the assets and debts may cause problems in the future regarding valuations, potential reimbursements for use, loss or destruction of items, commingled separate and community debts, subsequent marriage property rights, and inheritance rights.

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