Divorce In Louisiana
If a couple with no children together has lived separately for at least six months prior to divorce, the Louisiana court can grant them a no-fault divorce. A couple with children are required to live apart for at least one year before the court will grant their divorce.
A majority of the divorce cases in Louisiana are filed as no-fault divorces, where the spouse who filed for divorce does not have to prove any wrongdoing by the other spouse. Other grounds for divorce include adultery or conviction of a felony.
- Uncontested no-fault divorce
- Contested fault-divorce with children
- Division of property
- High-asset divorce
- Retirement benefits
- Blended families
- Child support
- Child custody and visitation
Divorce And Property Division In A Community Property State
When a couple divorces in Louisiana, the assets and debts acquired during their marriage are divided equally between the couple. The court looks to all of the income earned by each of the spouses, along with all of the property they purchased with those earnings, as marital property. All of the debt accrued is also subject to the 50-50 split upon divorce.
If a couple owned separate property prior to or during their marriage, or received an inheritance or personal injury award, that property remains separate property. Separate property is not property that can be divided as marital property.
Are You Worried About What Happens After Your Divorce?
If you gave up your high-paying career to become a homemaker and have not been in the workforce for a number of years the prospect of divorce can be terrifying.
Divorce presents an emotionally taxing time and a couple in the midst of divorce may not be able to come to an agreement about where their children will live, dividing their marital property or what is separate property.
Shreveport attorney Mark J. Miciotto is responsive to the sensitive nature of divorce and works hard to craft the details of your divorce to safeguard your family’s best interests now and in the future.