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Online Divorce in Louisiana

For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of Louisiana, online divorce is an easy, affordable and fast solution. Online divorce may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case. The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at Onlinedivorce.com makes it easy on you. We help prepare all of the necessary divorce forms and provide detailed written instructions on how to file your divorce in Louisiana.

Our divorce documents preparation service can be a perfect solution for those who want to have their divorce papers completed quickly and stress-free. Even though Louisiana has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, our online system can provide you with exactly what you need and provide instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce and want an amicable dissolution to your marriage, why should the process get drawn out and why should you spend money on lawyers? Online divorce is often cheaper, quicker and easier.

Online divorce can be a perfect option if you want to save money or if you hope to have your divorce quickly finalized so you can get on with your life. Preparing documents for divorce online in Louisiana is quickly becoming very popular because you can complete the documents in the comfort of your home. Even if you think your case is too complex because you have children, own your own home or have other assets, you may still be able to prepare your documents online. Just start with our simple questionnaire, and we’ll provide you instructions for each step of the way.

Finally, you don’t have to worry - our process is 100% secure. We protect your information and nothing is filed until you submit the divorce papers to the courthouse yourself. Filing for divorce in Louisiana with the Onlinedivorce.com system can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.

Filing:

When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we help you fill out your divorce paperwork using a simple online questionnaire. You can fill it out alone or with the assistance of your spouse. Then, you will need to get a signature from your spouse and you can file the divorce forms with your local court. In Louisiana, you will typically file with the courthouse in the county in which you currently reside. If a petitioner is not currently a resident, but a defendant is, divorce is typically filed in the county where the defendant resides.

The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide along with your completed divorce forms. You can also obtain assistance from your local courthouse by calling or stopping by.

After the initial filing, you may need to follow up if there are any issues with your documents. When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we allow you to make small adjustments to your forms as requested by the court at no additional charge. Our goal is to help you obtain your divorce with as little hassle and stress as possible using our online divorce documents preparation service.

Residency:

Every state has specific requirements where divorcing couples must establish residency within the state they are divorcing. Louisiana is no exception. To file for divorce in Louisiana, one or the other spouse must have lived in the state for at least one year before filing.

There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and in-date Louisiana driver’s license, ID card or voter’s registration card which was issued at least six months before filing for divorce. If this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency, by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for at least six months. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form, and it should serve as proof you’ve lived in the state a minimum of six months. As for proving residency within a specific parish, varies from parish to parish in Louisiana. More information will be provided as you work through the process of filling out your questionnaire on OnlineDivorce.com

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Valid grounds to get divorce in Louisiana

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Grounds for an online divorce using OnlineDivorce.com are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of Louisiana. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.

 

No-fault reasons for divorce in Louisiana include:

The simplest reason to obtain a divorce is under the grounds that a spouse desires a divorce in Louisiana. There are no specific requirements that you show marital breakdown, fault, living separate and apart, or any other basis for this no-fault divorce. After the petition has been filed, the divorce will be granted after 180 days has elapsed from the filing date assuming the spouses have lived separate and apart since the filing of the divorce petition. Reconciliation is the only defense to a divorce sought under these grounds. [Louisiana Civil Code Annotated; Title V, Article 102].

 

 

 

General reasons for divorce in Louisiana include, in the case of a covenant marriage:

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That the spouses have been living separately and apart for at least two years since the date of filing the petition;

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That the non-filing spouse is guilt of committed adultery;

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That the non-filing spouse has committed a felony and recieved a sentence of death or imprisonment with hard labor;

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Any type of physical or sexual abuse of a spouse or child;

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Abandonment for one year or longer; and

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Living separate and away from one another for one year or longer after a legal separation. [Louisiana Civil Code Annotated; Title V, Article 103 and Louisiana Revised Statutes; Section 9-308].

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Custody of the child in Louisiana

Custody of the child

In the State of Louisiana, the court wants to create a custody situation that is comfortable for the children and both parents. In most cases, joint legal custody and some form of shared physical custody will fulfill this need. If the family situation is not stable and the child may be harmed mentally, physically or emotionally by a shared custody plan, the court will decide this direction. In these cases visitation (supervised or otherwise) may be deemed a better option to keep the child in contact with the non-supervisory parent.

In some cases, custody can be set up as a short-term solution to be revisited at a later date if the family or living situation is expected to change dramatically.

Joint or sole custody is awarded based on what would be in the best interests of the child. The following order of preference is established and will be followed in most cases:

  • To both parents;
  • To either of the parents [without regard to race or gender of the parents];
  • To the person or people with whom the child has lived; or
  • To other individuals or people that the court feels suitable and able to provide a stable environment for the child.

Unless shown otherwise or unless the parents agree otherwise, joint custody is presumed to be in the best interests of the child and will be awarded based on the following factors:

  • Physical, emotional, mental, religious, and other needs of the child;
  • Capability and desire of both parents to meet the child’s needs;
  • Preference of the child, if the child is of sufficient age and maturity;
  • The love and affection that exists between the child and each parent;
  • The length of time the child has inhabited a stable, satisfactory home and the desirability of maintaining continuity;
  • The desire and abilities of the parents to allow an open and loving frequent relationship between the child and the other parent;
  • The desires of the parents;
  • The child’s adjustment to his or her home, school, and community;
  • The mental and physical health of all individuals involved;
  • The permanence as a family unit of the existing or proposed custodial home;
  • The geographic distance between the potential residences;
  • The moral fitness of both of the parents; and
  • Any other factors that the court deems relevant.

The conduct of the proposed guardian is to be considered only if it affects the relationship with the child. The parents must submit a plan for joint custody which designates:

  • Where the child will live;
  • The rights of access and communication between both parents and child; and
  • Child support amounts, if applicable.
  • A par­ent not given custody is entitled to visitation rights unless that parent is guilty of physical or sexual abuse. The court can order the parents to attend a court-approved parenting seminar. [Louisiana Civil Code Annotated; Articles 131- 134, Louisiana Statutes Annotated; Article 9, Section 306, and Louisiana Case Law].

Rules for child support in Louisiana

Both parents have an ongoing requirement to support any children of the marriage. The factors which should be considered in deciding child support consideration listed in the statute are:

  • The actual needs of the child and
  • The current and potential resources of each parent.

In addition, Louisiana has adopted detailed Child Support Guideline provisions which are contained in the statute. These guidelines are assumed to be correct, unless one of the following factors (or others deemed important by the court) make the guidelines unfair or not in the best interests of the child:

  • Extraordinary medical expenses of the child or the parent who would provide support payments;
  • The permanent or temporary full disability of the parent who would be responsible for support;
  • The need for immediate or temporary support to keep the family sustained;
  • An extraordinary amount of debt by the parents;
  • That the combined income of the parents is less than what is covered in the guideline charts [Louisiana Revised Statutes Annotated; Article 9, Sections 302+].
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Rules for spousal support in Louisiana

Rules for spousal support

Alimony, which is sometimes referred to as spousal support, is at times ordered by the court to help one spouse live and comfortably exist in a manner established during marriage after the divorce. Assistance may be decided together upon by the couple before filing or it may be awarded by the court in a contested marriage dissolution case.

During the divorce proceeding, either of the spouses can be ordered to pay short-term alimony. Permanent monthly or quarterly alimony may be granted to the spouse who is with­out fault in a divorce. Such alimony will not be more than one-third of the other spouse’s income. The factors considered when deciding on alimony amounts are:

  • The effect of child custody on the spouse’s ability to earn;
  • The time that would be necessary to acquire education and training to enable the spouse to find appropriate employment;
  • The income, means, and assets of both of the spouses and how liquid the assets are;
  • The comparative financial obligations of the spouses;
  • The age and health of both the spouses;
  • The needs of the two parties;
  • The earning capacity of the two parties;
  • The length of the marriage;
  • The tax consequences of any support received by the parties; and
  • Any other circum­stances deemed relevant.

Permanent alimony may be revoked when the supported party is remarried or chooses to cohabitate with another. [Louisiana Civil Code Annotated; Articles 111 and 112].

Property division in Louisiana

Property division

When a couple chooses to divorce in Louisiana, they must distribute property in a fair and agreeable manner.

Louisiana is a “community property” state. What this means is that a spouse’s separate property, which consists of property acquired prior to the marriage as well as property acquired by gift or inheritance, is awarded to that spouse. Then, what remains, also known as community property, is divided equally between the spouses. Personal property which is required for the safety and well-being of the spouse who files for divorce and any children in his or her custody (examples may include food, eating utensils, clothing, and any other similar items) will be awarded to the spouse filing. Either spouse can ask the court for use and occupancy of the family residence pending the final division of the community property.

The court bases the award of the family residence on a temporary basis on the following factors:

  • The current value of each spouse’s personal property;
  • The economic circumstances of each spouse at the time the property is to be divided; and
  • Needs of the minor children.

In addition, a spouse can be awarded a lump sum of money for financial contributions that were made during a mar­riage toward the education or training of a spouse that increased the other spouse’s earning capacity. [Louisiana Civil Code Annotated; Article 121 and Louisiana Statutes Annotated; Article 9, Chapter 384].

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Mediation support in Louisiana

If child custody is an issue in the divorce that needs to be resolved, the court can require that the parents submit to mediation. [Louisiana Civil Code Annotated; Article 131 and Louisiana Revised Statutes Annotated; Article 9, Section 351]

For those seeking to prepare their divorce papers using OnlineDivorce.com, utilizing divorce mediation can be a great tool to smooth out disagreements and prevent the case from going to court. This can be the simplest way to assure a fast, easy and affordable online divorce.

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Filing fees for divorce in Louisiana

When you file your divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorce.com. Please check with your local courthouse to determine the exact amount.

How long will it take?

The use of the OnlineDivorce.com service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more depending on the complexity of your case. You’ll start filling out the questionnaire immediately and can either complete it in one sitting, or you can save your progress and complete it at a later date if that is more convenient for you.

Once you’ve gotten the documents complete, you will need to file them and get your spouse’s signature. You’ll have more information regarding the finalization of your divorce case once you complete your paperwork and submit it with the clerk of courts.

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