Custody issues are arguably the most important matters that a family law attorney will deal with. Whether you are seeking to set an initial custody order, or modify an existing order, Jennifer can handle all custody matters with the attention and compassion that they deserve, with a focus on the best interests of your child. Whether your custody order can be reached by agreement, or requires litigation, Jennifer has extensive experience with both in all local parishes.
The procedure for obtaining a divorce in Louisiana will vary depending on whether you are currently separated, for how long, and whether there are minor children. The procedure may also vary if there are allegations of abuse or adultery. While the process for obtaining your divorce can be somewhat technical, Jennifer can walk you through the process in an efficient and economical manner.
Child support in Louisiana is calculated according to a fairly complex formula based on the kind of custody and the gross income of both parents. A child support order will also address health insurance, tuition and extracurricular activities, and child tax credits. Regardless of whether you are the payor or the payee, you will need to have a firm grasp of all of these issues in order to ensure that your child is being appropriately financially supported by both parents. Jennifer also deals with contempt and arrears issues relating to non-payment of child support.
Louisiana is a community property state, which means that all assets and liabilities that are acquired by either spouse during the marriage belong to each spouse equally. The goal of a community property partition is to assign to each spouse their equitable portion of the community assets and liabilities. Jennifer’s goal is to ensure that you are awarded your fair share, whether by settlement or by trial. She can also assist you in opting out of this community property regime either before or after the marriage by drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
A “succession” in Louisiana refers to the probate process. Jennifer can assist in resolving these issues whether your loved one died with or without a will, and whether or not the succession is contested. Jennifer can also assist in the drafting of your own will to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes.
Interdiction refers to the process of having an adult declared unable to care for and make decisions for themselves, typically an elderly, infirm or handicapped person. If your loved one needs to be interdicted, you may seek to be appointed as a “curator” to make decisions for them.
Intra-family adoptions are adoptions of a child by a step-parent or other family member. These kinds of adoptions might be granted whether or not the biological parent agrees, depending on the custodial and support history. Jennifer has experience in representing both the adopting parent and the biological parent contesting an adoption.
Spousal support, or alimony, in Louisiana may be awarded from one spouse to another during and/or after the divorce. The court will consider the needs and resources of both parties, the standard of living during the marriage, and fault.
The Louisiana Civil Code further sets out five different forms of notarial testaments. The correct form depends on the physical and mental condition of the testator. Jennifer has the knowledge, experience, and compassion to assist you in making sure that your Last Will and Testament meets with the requirements of Louisiana law to ensure your final desires and wishes are met.
Since 2002, Jennifer C. Carter has provided clients with representation in domestic legal issues and family law. As a partner in O’Brien & de Blanc with Karen Matherne O’Brien for close to 15 years, Jennifer assisted individuals and families with very personal legal matters such as adoptions, custody cases, divorce proceedings, and more from their office on the West Bank.
Jennifer formed de Blanc Law Firm in October 2016 and continues to pursue her passion for helping others navigate the complex and often frustrating legal system through her work, and is available for consultation.