A Primer on Divorce in Louisiana

Monica Hof Wallace

This Article is the fourth in a series of primers on Louisiana Family Law. The Louisiana Civil Code of 1870, as amended to date, operates as the primary source of law, with other ancillary statutes and codes on particular subject matters. The law of divorce appears in Chapter 1 of Title V of Book I of the Civil Code and is followed by the provisional and incidental proceedings attendant to divorce. The divorce laws in Louisiana are relatively straightforward and limited, containing both no-fault and fault-based options. In a covenant marriage, legal separation is available and divorce options are more extensive. Because defenses to divorce are few, litigation typically surrounds the financial aspects of divorce and not the divorce itself. Read more


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