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When going through a divorce in Louisiana, you’ll likely need to address such matters as the division of property and debts, child custody, child support and alimony. At Michael D. Conroy, PLC, we give you the knowledge and resources you need to find success, outlining a carefully planned strategy that eases your emotional and financial burdens. Since our firm was established in 1999, we have earned an excellent reputation in the Covington community for providing big firm experience combined with small firm service and personal attention.
Filing for divorce in Louisiana
To get divorced in Louisiana, the filing spouse must have lived in the state for at least one year and may file in the parish where either spouse resides. There must be grounds for divorce, even where no fault is alleged by or against either spouse.
In a no-fault divorce, the spouses must have lived apart continuously for the requisite time period prior to moving for entry of a judgment of divorce. That time period is 180 days, or 365 days if the couple has minor children.
A fault divorce may be based on grounds of adultery or one spouse’s conviction of a felony resulting in a sentence of death or imprisonment at hard labor. There is no waiting period required in a fault divorce.
If the parties agree on all essential issues, the divorce is considered uncontested and may be granted without a trial. A contested divorce is likely to take several months and may cost thousands of dollars.
Filing for divorce in covenant marriages
Special requirements apply for terminating a covenant marriage, an arrangement in which a couple promises to remain married for life. The available grounds for divorce are:
- any felony conviction
- physical or sexual abuse of the spouse or children
- one spouse’s abandonment of the marital home for one year
- the parties’ separation without reconciliation for two years
- the parties’ having lived separate and apart continuously without reconciliation for one year (18 months if there are minor children) from the date of a judgment of “separation from bed and board.” Obtaining such a separation requires fault grounds similar to those for divorce.
In addition, the parties to a covenant marriage must show they have gone through counseling before seeking a judgment of divorce.
Assisting with resolution of divorce issues
Divorce often requires you and your former partner to discuss and resolve some challenging issues, including the following:
- Property division — Louisiana is a community property state, which means that most property a couple acquires while married will be split evenly upon divorce. However, the spouses can come to their own agreement on how to divide property.
- Child custody — Numerous factors go into child custody determination, including the bonds that a child has with each parent, the ability of each parent to provide for the child’s basic needs and each parent’s physical and mental health. The guiding principle for judges is to promote the best interests of the children.
- Child support — When one parent has sole or primary custody, the other will likely need to provide regular child support — calculated using a standardized state formula. We help ensure this calculation is fair and that all financial and wage-related information is accurate.
We know how difficult it can be to go through a divorce, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for the skilled legal counsel you need during this challenging time.
Contact a responsive divorce attorney in Covington and Metairie
You need strong legal guidance when going through a divorce in Louisiana. At Michael D. Conroy, PLC today, we proudly to serve individuals and families and their legal needs in Covington, Mandeville, Metairie and the surrounding communities. Give us a call at 985-606-3885 or contact us online to arrange an appointment.