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Louisiana Divorce Law

Divorce Laws in Louisiana

According to Louisiana divorce laws, divorce is granted upon motion of either spouse. Additionally, the spouse filing for divorce in LA must have resided in Louisiana for a period of six months prior.

Alimony Support & Community Property in Louisiana

Louisiana is known as a community property state, which can be defined as any asset acquired or income earned by a married person while living with his or her spouse. According to the divorce laws in Louisiana this means that the law requires that all property be divided equally between the husband and wife.

Divorce laws in Louisiana provide for period spousal support that can total up to 1/3 of net income. Such factors as the length of the marriage, the prior standard of living shall, the needs of the requesting spouse as well as the ability of the other to pay, may be considered in determining the amount and duration to be paid. However, only a spouse free from fault may be awarded alimony.

Louisiana Child Support and Child Custody

According to Louisiana divorce law, the parents may decide who receives custody of their children. If they are unable to come to an agreement the court will resolve the matter. Such issues as the a stable environment and the primary caretakers preference are considered. The non-custodial parent shall be granted reasonable visitation rights to see the children.

Child support (a percentage of the non-custodial parentsí income paid to assist with the support of his children) is determined by the Income Shares Model, based upon gross income, as set forth by divorce law in Louisiana.