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Louisiana Divorce Information

The following information is to provide a basic understanding of the various aspects of divorce in the State of Louisiana.

You can get more specific information regarding Louisiana divorce laws using the links provided to Louisiana divorce laws or at your local library.

This information is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Before taking any action you should seek the advice of an attorney familiar with the laws in the state in which you will be seeking a divorce.

Every effort has been made to assure that the information contained in these pages is accurate however, due to the ever changing nature of the law some material may be outdated or may no longer apply.

Louisiana Divorce Resources

Residency Requirements 1 year
Where to File The Parish in which the Respondent resides
Grounds for Divorce Adultery
Bigamy ( grounds for annulment )
Felony Conviction or Imprisonment
Fraud, Force or Duress ( grounds for annulment )
Living Separate and Apart
Voluntary or required mediation Yes
Voluntary or recommended CounselingYes
Property Distribution Louisiana is a community property state. Separate property is retained by the owner, and all other community property in the marriage is distributed equitably.
Child Custody Custody is awarded with the best interests of the child or children in mind. The following factors are generally considered: the age and sex of child, the wishes of the parents, the child's ability to adapt to a new environment, the mental and physical health of the parents and child, and the relationship each parent has with the child, the desire and capability of each parent, and the respect each parent has for the child's relationship with the other parent.
Uniform Child Custody Act: 1978
Is Joint Custody awarded? YES
Do Grandparents Have the Right to Visitation? YES
Are Child's Wishes Considered? YES
Child Support Both parents are required to provide the support of maintenance, insurance, and education of the child. There are specific guidelines to be followed, unless when proven to be unjust. The following factors are generally considered: a child's need for contact with both parents, the joint responsibilities for the welfare of the child, the financial resources, cost of day care, and the standard of living the child would have otherwise enjoyed had not the divorce taken place.
Spousal Support Support can be ordered to either spouse. Marital fault may be a consideration. Employment possibilities of the spouse tends to cause the greatest influence on the decision. Living conditions similar to those when marriage existed is attempted to be restored, but a lot of factors play a significant role.

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This information has been compiled directly from the most recently available statutes online for each state. Every effort has been made to assure that this information is correct and complete. Be aware that laws frequently change. Do not take any action based on this information without first consulting an attorney to be certain that the laws pertaining to your particular situation have not changed.

The language used in most cases on this page is legal terminology taken directly from the statutes and laws of each state. The terminology is not always easy to understand. If you are not sure of something you should consult an attorney so that you can fully understand the meaning of the laws.

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