DIVORCE

 

 

The information and form(s) on this page provide a very basic overview of Louisiana law concerning divorce.  Everyone has the right to represent themselves but the law is a serious matter and you should seek to protect your rights at all times.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS concerning the use of these forms or your legal rights, it is strongly recommended that you consult with an attorney.

 

THE LAW MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME.  Forms may become outdated.  You should research and review the law to make sure that the form you use is accurate and complies with Louisiana law.

 

You can obtain a divorce in Louisiana as follows:

 

Louisiana Civil Code Article 102 (sometimes referred to as an “Article 102 Divorce”) – This type of divorce is based on the spouses, AFTER FILING A PETITION FOR DIVORCE, living separate and apart continuously (without reconciliation) for 180 days if they do not have minor children and 365 days if they do have minor children.  If you plan to base your divorce on living separate and apart for the required time, you will obtain your divorce if ALL of the following conditions are met:

 

(1)  One of the spouses files a Petition for Divorce based on Louisiana Civil Code Article 102; and

 

(2)  The Petition for Divorce is served on the other spouse or the other spouse accepts service; and

 

(3)  The spouses live separate and apart continuously (without reconciliation) for 180 days if they do not have minor children or 365 days if they do have minor children.

 

 

Louisiana Civil Code Article 103 (sometimes referred to as an “Article 103 Divorce”)[Form Packet provided on this page.] – This type of divorce can be obtained if ANY of the following factors apply to you:

 

(1)  The spouses have lived separate and apart continuously for 180 days if they do not have minor children and 365 days if they do have minor children BEFORE FILING A PETITION FOR DIVORCE; or

 

(2)  A spouse can prove the other spouse committed adultery; or

 

(3)  A spouse has been CONVICTED of a felony and has been sentenced to imprisonment at hard labor or death; or

 

(4)  A spouse has physically or sexually abused the other spouse or a child of either spouse; or

 

(5)  A protective order has been issued against a spouse.

 

 

St. Tammany Parish

Justice Center

22nd Judicial District Court

701 N Columbia Street

Covington, LA 70433

(985) 809-5300

Washington Parish Courthouse

22nd Judicial District Court

909 Pearl Street

Franklinton, LA 70438

(985) 809-5300

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