Louisiana Community Property Laws and Dividing the LSU Season Tickets

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King Solomon resolved a dispute between two women both of whom claimed to be a child’s mother by offering to cut it in two so they could share it. The real mother offered to give up her child to the imposter rather than see it killed.  

What do you do, however, if you and your soon to be ex-wife have two season tickets to LSU’s baseball games? 

What do you do if you have sat next to each other in Tiger Stadium for 15 years? 

To the extent your right to attend those games was acquired during your marriage, Louisiana’s community property laws presume that you own those rights together. Seats in a stadium can be divided “in kind”, that is, you can sit in one and she can sit in the other.  If you and your spouse cannot agree that one will get the football tickets and the other the baseball tickets, a judge can partition them as he or she sees fit.  Conceivably, you could wind up thigh to thigh at LSU football and baseball games for the rest of your lives.  It is hard to imagine a judge dividing them in this way. 

Common sense suggests that people who cannot live together should not sit next to each other during sporting events. Nevertheless, it might be a good idea to come up with a negotiating strategy well in advance of any trial on the issue.  Perhaps she might like the Maserati?