A Primer on Child Custody in Louisiana

Monica Hof Wallace

This Article is the fifth 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 child custody appears in Section 3 of Chapter 2 in Title V on Divorce. Chapter 2 covers Provisional and Incidental Proceedings and the section on child custody is preceded by spousal support and education claims. While the section on child custody only comprises eight articles, the jurisprudence interpreting issues of custody and visitation, and the revised statutes addressing restrictions on custody and visitation, provide a wealth of law in this area. The best interest of the child remains the hallmark of every decision, and courts are given wide discretion due to its fact-intensive nature. Read more

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