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When people get married, they are entering into a legal agreement with their spouse that involves so much more than just property and assets. But when people divorce, their property and assets must be divided. How the property gets divided is generally governed by state law. However, spouses can contract around state laws using marital property agreements.

Marital property agreements are frequently the driving force behind prenuptial or postnuptial agreements. However, they can also be entered into between spouses at any time. Generally, the purpose of a marital property agreement will be to change, or convert, or just clearly identify, the character of a piece of community property into separate property, or vice-versa. Another common use is to determine how future income from separate or joint property will be divided between the community and individual spouses (such as from a retirement account or pension).

Reproductive technology has come a long, long way, and it does not seem to be slowing down. Unfortunately, the law has been unable to keep up the same pace, which has led to quite a bit of legal uncertainty surrounding embryo ownership and use.

If you are considering freezing your embryos, consider the following three legal issues before getting started.

Whether it's for Christmas, a birthday, or just because, gifting a dog, cat or other animal doesn't always end up like you see on TV. In fact, animal rights groups routinely explain that pets are not good gifts because they are living beings, not toys. Young children may not understand this, and can easily injure young animals like puppies and kittens, by being too rough with them.

Apart from the practical considerations for the gift's recipient, such as the expense and time required to take care of a pet, there are a few legal considerations. Purchasing pets can be risky and confusing, and might just involve more paperwork and legal risks than you expect.

When the only thing that you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse agree on is your love for your furry four-legged companion, deciding who gets to keep your fluffy friend can be impossible. As a result of these emotionally charged situations, people going through divorces are increasingly choosing to enter into shared custody agreements for their pets.

Under the law, pets are viewed as personal property, the same way a car, painting, or rug would be viewed. Depending on how and when the pet was acquired, most courts tend to just look at whether the animal is marital or separate property, and if the pet is marital property, then a court may look to who is the primary care-giver. However, while a court is unlikely to award pet support, awarding joint custody is not unheard of.

If you and your soon-to-be ex want to share custody of your pet, rather than let a court decide the outcome, it may be advisable to draft a written agreement, to make part of the divorce papers, that clearly spells out exactly how every situation that can arise will be handled. The following 5 tips can help you get started on writing up your agreement.

The hearts of nursing home bureaucrats are going to be breaking all over the country come November 28, 2016. That's the day the new regulation goes into effect preventing nursing homes from requiring new residents to sign agreements that contain arbitration clauses in order to move in, unless they're willing to forego receiving Federal government monies.

Arbitration clauses in nursing home admissions contracts have been so widely used that finding a nursing home without one would be harder than finding an heirloom tomato in Camden, New Jersey. This change in the law is great for the elderly moving into a nursing home after November 28. 2016. The law is not being applied retroactively.

Short answer: Yes. Especially if you live in Washington, DC.

Renters across the country, even in states that provide for legal recreational or medicinal use of marijuana, can be evicted because of the drug. However, in places were marijuana is legal for recreational usage and medical usage, it requires more than a simple "no illegal activity" clause in your lease. Even where pot is legal, if you are selling it, growing it, processing it, and smoking it indoors or in the common areas, you can potentially get evicted.

However, in Washington, DC, just a little bit of marijuana can lead to a nuisance abatement letter to your landlord, which can lead to an eviction. When your landlord receives a nuisance abatement letter, they are under threat of property seizure and you can bet your last month's rent on the fact that your landlord will want you out fast.

Happy Birthday: Legal Benefits of Being 18

Congratulations on turning 18 -- you have reached the age of majority! Officially, you are an adult who can go to war and get married without anyone's consent, rent an apartment or be sentenced to prison, and other grown up privileges.

We'll raise a glass to cheer that in a few years when you can legally drink alcohol. In the interim, let's consider the many things you will now be responsible for and able to do because you are an adult.

Are Parents Liable for a Minor Child's Contracts?

Your kids are great but they sometimes do foolish things and lately you've been wondering just how far your responsibility extends. You know you must feed, clothe, and shelter your children, provide them with care and an education. But are you also liable for their acts? What about if a minor child enters into a contract?

These are difficult questions that are best answered in the specific rather than the abstract. But an understanding of some parental liability and contracting basics can guide you to the right conclusion.

Car repairs can be a scary prospect. First there's the cost, the time it will take, and then the worry about the repairs being done right. Most mechanics do good and honest work, and care for our cars like they were their own. But other mechanics on the other hand...

So what happens if you get one of the bad guys? When can you sue a mechanic if they don't take good care of your car?

Who Pays for Stolen Packages?

A stolen package at Christmas time is a terrible thing. Whether it was a gift for your child, or something valuable sent from someone you care about -- you are going to be mad. And you are going to want some compensation. Can you look to the delivery company for a little payback?

Whether a delivery company will reimburse you for a stolen or lost package depends on a number of different factors, most importantly your contract. Yes, when you send a package you enter into a contract. The terms of that deal govern the extent to which you can seek reimbursement for a delivery that never arrives.