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Louisiana Divorce

The Louisiana Family Law Center is a resource on divorce and family law in the State of Louisiana for non-lawyers and pro se litigants. Please let us know if we have omitted a link to an important state resource and we will gladly add it.

Courts and Community Resources

Lawyers and Divorce
Glossary of Family Law Terms
Louisiana Judicial Branch
Louisiana Clerks of Court
Law Library of Louisiana
Louisiana State Bar Association

State Statutory Resources

If you wish to review your State's Statutes or Code, click the link below:

Louisiana Civil Code - See CC102, Title V, Divorce
Louisiana Civil Code - CC103.1, Time Periods

Divorce Law

For a no-fault divorce of a "regular" (non-covenant) marriage in Louisiana, the spouses must have lived separate and apart for at least 180 days prior to filing the divorce action when there are no minor children of the marriage, and for at least 365 days when there are minor children of the marriage prior to filing the divorce action. Fault grounds also exist and may have different time requirements. At least one spouse must be a resident of Louisiana for at least six months prior to filing.

Getting a Divorce in Louisiana - from
Divorce:  Who Gets Custody?  Who Pays Support? - from the Louisiana State Bar
Legal Services Programs and Resources - Louisiana State Bar Association

Marriage and Living Together Law

Louisiana Marriage License Law

Child Support

Frequently Asked Questions About Child Support in Louisiana - from
Divorce:  Who Gets Custody?  Who Pays Support? - from the Louisiana State Bar
Support Enforcement Services
Louisiana Child Support Guidelines
Child Support Explained

Child Custody and Visitation Law

Deciding Factors in Awarding Child Custody - American Bar Association
Custody and Visitation Rights for Grandparents in Louisiana - from
Louisiana Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Resource Guide - Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs
Raising Grandchildren in Louisiana - resources from
FAQ on Child Custody and Visitation
Child Custody Resources

Property Division

Louisiana is a "community property" state.

Community Property: What is mine? What is yours? - from the Louisiana State Bar