A couple may be granted a divorce based on separation grounds if they:
“Separate and apart” means one spouse has lived separately from the other at a different address with the intention of ending the marriage.
The judge may grant a fault-based divorce if the court finds that one spouse’s actions led to the unraveling of the marriage. Specific grounds must be met to be granted this type of divorce, so it’s absolutely in your best interest to consult with a Lake Charles family law attorney at The Johnson Firm.
Under Louisiana law, a spouse may seek a fault-based divorce if they can prove that the other spouse:
Louisiana law considers fault-based divorces as “immediate,” meaning there is no required waiting period before the court can issue the divorce. That’s helpful in situations where one spouse has been abused, neglected, or submitted to other dangerous circumstances by the other spouse.’
A covenant marriage is a union between spouses that is legally different from a traditional, non-covenant marriage. Louisiana, Arizona, and Arkansas are the only three states in the U.S. that allow for this type of marriage.
There are more requirements in a covenant marriage than in a traditional one. The spouses agree to seek marital counseling if problems occur, and they can only seek a divorce for very specific reasons:
This is one of the more complicated areas of divorce law. It may seem like a pain to work out the grounds for your divorce, but doing so could help exponentially if you want to have custody of your child.
Additionally, the court is unlikely to award spousal support to a spouse who committed adultery or abandoned the family.
No matter your unique circumstances, a divorce attorney at The Johnson Firm will evaluate all details of your case and help you make the best possible decision for yourself and your child. Schedule a consultation today.