Who gets your pets when you die?

In Montana, your pets are legally considered to be tangible personal property, just like your art, furniture, clothing, and jewelry.  When you die, your pets will pass to your beneficiaries by provisions in your will or trust. If you don't have a will or trust, your pets will pass to your heirs according to the Montana Uniform Probate Code.  If your heirs refuse to accept your pets, a judge will have to make the final decision about what happens to your pets, which may mean that your pets end up in a local animal shelter or they may be euthanized.  To avoid this, you should consider setting up an estate plan that includes provisions for your pets in case of your death or incapacity.  Contact Julie Goodkind at Matrium Law Group to discuss your options.   Julie's email address is julie@matriumlaw.com.  

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Montana Child Support Calculations

In order to determine what a parent may owe (or be entitled to) in child support, the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has created the Montana Child Support Guidelines. The Montana Child Support Guidelines take many factors into account. If you need help calculating child support, contact Jill Hughes at (406) 370-9252 or at jill@matriumlaw.com.

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Calculating Child Support in Montana

In order to determine what a parent may owe (or be entitled to) in child support, the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has created the Montana Child Support Guidelines.

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The Montana Child Support Guidelines 􀀀are based on the principle that it is the first priority of 􀀀parents 􀀀to meet the needs of the child according to the financial ability of the parents.  In a dissolution of marriage or when parents have never been married, a child's standard of living should not, to the degree possible, be adversely affected because a child's parents are not living in the  same household.

The Montana Child Support Guidelines are structured to determine child support on an annual basis.  Payment will be made in equal monthly installments.

The Montana Child Support Guidelines take into account a huge number of factors.  Parents are presumed to be capable of earning income from full‐time employment.  Full‐time employment is presumed to be 40 hours per week but may be more or less  depending upon the parent’s profession and/or the employer’s policies.

Note that child support may vary from the bottom line based on a stipulation or agreement of the parties if the stipulation or agreement meets certain criteria.  You should speak with a Montana family law attorney if you are interested in discussing whether you and your co-parent can agree to a different amount than the figure calculated according to the Montana Child Support Guidelines.

Contact Matrium Law Group by calling (406) 552-7814 or by sending us an email to make an appointment with an attorney to discuss your legal options.

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