How Long Does It Take to Get a Divorce in Louisiana?

How Long Will a Divorce Take?This is an interesting question because the answer is not as easy as the question or as easy as it first appears. The amount of time you must wait will vary depending on the specific issues involved.

How Long Does a Divorce Take in Louisiana with No Minor Children?

Under Louisiana law, you can receive a divorce in 180 days if there are no minor children. You must be separated or living apart during this time.

How Long Does it Take to Get Divorced in Louisiana with Minor Children?

If there are minor children involved, you can receive a divorce in Louisiana after living apart and separate for 365 days.

How Long Does a Divorce Take if You Entered into a Covenant Marriage in Louisiana?

If you entered into a covenant marriage, you may have a different mandatory waiting period to get divorced.

For a divorce with a covenant marriage, one of the following grounds must be met:

  • adultery
  • a felony conviction
  • abandonment for a year or more
  • physical or sexual abuse of the spouse or children
  • The couple has lived separate and apart for two years; or the couple is judicially or legally separated and have lived separate and apart since the legal separation for (a) one year and six months if there is a minor child or children of the marriage; (b) one year if the separation was granted for abuse of a child of either spouse; or (c) one year in all other cases.

If you entered into a covenant marriage and are filing for divorce, you should consult a skilled Metairie divorce lawyer to discuss your best path forward.

How Long Does a Divorce Take from Start to Finish?

The facts of your case will be different than others. An experienced divorce attorney can help you figure out what is best for you in your case.

For an uncontested divorce, usually you can resolve issues without the involvement of a judge and this will lead to quicker results.

For a contested divorce, you will need the legal advice of a family law attorney. Besides finalizing the divorce, there will also be issues of child custody, child support, spousal support/alimony, property division, and debt division. If agreements cannot be made, you will need to wait for court dates to proceed with the divorce process.

Signing Divorce Papers is Rarely the End of the Road

Just because a divorce is granted does not mean the divorce proceedings are over. There may be property issues and some may take extensive time to resolve – like selling a business, a property, or valuing either.

And, if you have minor children, sure the divorce can happen in 365 days, but is it ever “over?” What about if changes occur – job, marital status, criminal history, etc.? Will the original custody order work or will it need modification?

If you have these questions, a compassionate, local family law attorney can help!

So, in my opinion – this is a question without an easy answer.

Loyd J. Bourgeois
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