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Your Louisiana Divorce Laws 2017

Discover Your Louisiana Divorce Laws and Save Time… ….by Understanding the Divorce Process in Louisiana

 

Louisiana Residency Requirement
According to the Louisiana Divorce Laws and Louisiana Divorce Guidelines, to get divorced in Louisiana, the spouse filing the case must have been a resident of of the state for at least 12 months before filing for divorce.

Time To Divorce
There is a waiting period of 1 year (under rule 102: with children) and 6 months (under rule 103: without children) after filing the Louisiana Divorce Forms and Louisiana Divorce Papers before a divorce will be granted. During this time the spouses must be living separate and apart.

Place of Divorce (Venue)
The case may be filed in:
Parish of the respondent

Simplified or Special Divorce Procedures
The respondent does not have to answer to a Petition for Divorce filed in Louisiana. In order to obtain a final Judgment of Divorce, a motion entitled "Rule to Show Cause" must be filed with the court. However, each judicial district in Louisiana may have specific individual rules pertaining to divorce actions. Please refer to the Louisiana Rules of Court for the rules in a particular judicial district.

Louisiana Grounds for Divorce
Grounds for divorce:
A spouse desires a divorce

 

NOTE: Regardless of the reason of the breakdown of the marriage or the reason for filing for divorce in Louisiana, the Divorce Do It Yourself Service will do divorces on an "Agreed" basis or a “Default” basis.

  • An Agreed Divorce , defined by Louisiana divorce guidelines and Louisiana divorce laws, is a scenario where the spouses agree on the terms of the divorce such as Louisiana property distribution, Louisiana child support, or Louisiana child custody. Most of our clients (75%) prefer the Agreed Divorce method and both spouses sign the divorce papers and are agreed to the terms of divorce.

  • A Default Divorce , from the Louisiana divorce guidelines and LA divorce laws, is a divorce where your spouse doesn’t sign the Louisiana Divorce paperwork or Louisiana divorce forms. They simply doesn’t do anything at all… with the divorce. They simply default on their side of the case. And YOU who filed FIRST get whatever you ask for in the originally filed divorce forms. NICE

Missing Spouse in Louisiana
If your spouse is missing and you cannot locate him/her, after diligent effort, you may still get a divorce in Louisiana. It may involve the small expense of running a newspaper ad or something similar. We help you through the process with our FREE Missing Spouse Package.

Wife’s Last Name Change
The wife may, if she chooses, receive her Maiden Name back during the divorce. Our Divorce Service includes this name change in our service for FREE.


 

Louisiana Divorce Resources
Here are the important divorce resources for Louisiana:

 

Process to file for Divorce in Louisiana
There are only three basic procedural steps to a divorce:

  • File Divorce Papers for Louisiana (Louisiana Divorce Forms)
  • Notify Spouse of your filing for divorce in Louisiana
  • Attend your Louisiana divorce hearing

 

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Your Louisiana Child Custody Laws
Definitions: (source: divorce process in Louisiana and LA divorce laws)

  • Visitation is the proposed plan the spouses have on WHERE the children will live and WHEN the children will see each parent
  • Legal Custody is the ability to make decisions in the life of the children. Such as, where the children will attend school and which church they will go to.
  • Physical Custody Is the choice of the location of where the children will live and which spouse they live with.

Louisiana Child Custody in a shared arrangement, in one form or another, is the preferred method of our Louisiana divorce customers. If a sole custody arrangement is to be considered, then there is usually a reason agreed upon by both parties that one parent is to have the children. Usually the financial status of a parent is not to be considered for allocating any parental rights and responsibilities. Shared Custody or Sole Child Custody may be awarded according to the best interests of the child.

Louisiana Child Support Laws
If the parents are unable to agree to an amount of child support, there are guidelines that determine the amount of support based on the Louisiana Child Support Guidelines. The guideline amount is presumed to arrive at an amount of support that is in the child's best interest. But, most divorcing spouses agree to a figure on their own, that will work just fine. Also, in most situations, -0- Child Support is OK if both spouses are working and can manage. This is also true for a Legal Separation in Louisiana.

Louisiana Child Support Calculator
You can calculate your child support in Louisiana right here.
Louisiana Divorce Laws for Property Distribution
In an Uncontested "Agreed Divorce" or "Default Divorce" the property is divided so that both parties agree to the division. The main concern here is to agree to the property division so that it doesn’t create a fight that one party will want to go to a Louisiana divorce lawyer or divorce attorney to make the case into a Contested Divorce. Then you will have to incur the fees of a lawyer too.

  • Debts Most divorcing spouses set out who will pay what debts as part of their marital settlement agreement during the divorce process, and close all of their joint accounts.
  • Louisiana Alimony Laws (Louisiana Spousal Support Laws) In an Uncontested Divorce, Alimony may be awarded to either spouse for their support and maintenance after the divorce. Both parties must agree to it. Since most spouses are working, alimony (if awarded at all), is usually for a shorter period of time, and smaller amount than in the past. In the Louisiana divorce laws for alimony, it is possible for alimony to be paid in a lump sum payment of money or a payment plan. Alimony is not required for a person to get divorced in Louisiana.

Local Court Filing Fees
Local Court filing fees are not included in the price of our service state. To file your divorce in Louisiana, the court fees must usually be paid when you file the divorce papers at your local county courthouse. It is best for you to call your local county court and ask what the fees are in your County to file for divorce. Regardless of whether you are going through a divorce service, using a Louisiana divorce kit, using a divorce attorney (or divorce lawyer), or doing a nearly free divorce in Louisiana, you will always be paying the local court fees.

 

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