Do I need the services of a family law attorney?
Many people need the professional services of a family law attorney to obtain a divorce and handle community property issues. However, a significant number of people are able to obtain a divorce without needing the professional services of a family law attorney. This website is for adults who want a simple low-cost “no-fault” divorce where there are no issues that require the professional representation by a family law attorney.
How do I obtain a “no-fault” divorce in Louisiana?
For spouses who do not have minor children of the marriage, a divorce may be granted once you have lived separate and apart for one hundred eighty days (180) without reconciliation.
Can my spouse stop me from getting a divorce?
No, unless you have reconciled, your spouse cannot prevent you from getting a divorce based on living separate and apart for the required time period. You do not need your spouse’s consent to get your divorce based on living separate and apart for the required time period.
What if my spouse is violent or threatens me?
If a spouse threatens the other spouse with harm, then you should immediately seek a restraining order with the family court through your local clerk of court and seek the immediate legal advice from a competent family law attorney. Or if the threat is more immediate, then you should contact the police.
What if I have minor children with my spouse?
Then, you should seek legal advice from a family law attorney since there are additional issues such as establishing a child custody order and setting a monthly child support obligation in accordance with Louisiana law.