Five Things to Know for Louisiana Divorce
Choosing to divorce your spouse is a difficult decision. If you are considering a divorce in Louisiana, there are five things you should know.
First, divorce in Louisiana generally has a waiting period. When there are minor children the waiting period is one year. However, if there are no minor children then the waiting period is only six months. Furthermore, it is possible to receive an immediate divorce in cases of adultery or domestic violence.
Second, you can handle child custody and community property settlements at the same time as your divorce or separately at a later date. They don’t have to go together.
Third, Louisiana Courts award child support and alimony based on the income of the parents, and their ability to pay.
Fourth, Louisiana Courts use 12 factors to determine custody, known as the Best Interest of the Child factors. Louisiana courts strongly prefer joint custody, with one parent named the domiciliary parent.
Fifth, community property settlements are backdated to the day you file for divorce. Therefore, it is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your interest in community assets.
Some people are not ready to get a divorce and need more information. It is important to familiarize yourself with the basics of the divorce process before filing for a divorce. However, if you know that you want a divorce, Orleans Legal LLC can provide assistance with Divorce, Child Custody, or Community Property Disputes.
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