Legal termination of a marriage.
Divorce is the legal termination of a marriage. Only a court of law can terminate a marriage. In a divorce, a court declares the marriage contract broken.
The two basic types of divorce are "Fault" divorce (divorce for a specif ... More details
Louisiana divorce - Alimony maintenance spousal support.
During the divorce proceeding, either spouse may be ordered to pay temporary alimony. Permanent periodic alimony may be granted to the spouse who is without fault. Such alimony shall not exceed one-third of the other spouse's income. The factors cons ... More details
Louisiana divorce - Child custody.
Joint or sole custody is awarded based on the best interests of the child. The following order of preference is established:
(1) to both parents; (2) to either parent [without regard to race or sex of the parents]; (3) to the person or p ... More details
Louisiana divorce - Child support.
Both parents are obligated to support any children of a marriage. The factors for consideration listed in the statute are:
(1) the needs of the child and (2) the actual resources of each parent. ... More details
Louisiana divorce - General Divorce Procedure.
In Louisiana, the respondent/Defendant does not have to answer the petition for divorce. In addition, a divorce will not be granted until a motion entitled “Rule to show cause” is filed. ... More details
Louisiana divorce - Grounds for Louisiana Divorce.
That a spouse desires a no-fault divorce is ground for divorce in Louisiana. There are no requirements to show marital breakdown, fault, living separate and apart, or any other basis for a divorce. After the filing of a petitio ... More details
Louisiana divorce - Legal Separation.
There are no legal grounds for separation. However, the spouse may petition the court for spousal support. This is intended for a couple that wishes to live apart but not divorce. ... More details
Louisiana divorce - Mediation or Counseling.
If there is a child custody dispute or if it appears to be in the best interests of the child, the court may order mediation. The parties may agree to submit any disputed issue to mediation at any time. ... More details
Louisiana divorce - Property Distribution.
Louisiana is a "community property" state. A spouse's separate property, consisting of property acquired prior to the marriage and property acquired by gift or inheritance, is awarded to that spouse. The community property is divided equall ... More details
Louisiana divorce - Residency Requirements.
In order to file for dissolution of marriage in the state of Louisiana, the filing spouse must have been a resident for one year. Further, once the petition for dissolution has been filed, there is a 180-day waiting period before it can be finalized. ... More details
Louisiana divorce - Rights to Maiden Name.
A spouse may have her/his former name restored upon request. ... More details
Louisiana divorce - Spouse’s name.
There is no statutory provision in Louisiana for restoration of a spouse's name upon divorce. Case law notes the allowance of resumption of a wife's maiden name. In addition, a person may generally petition the court for change of name. [Louisiana St ... More details
Louisiana divorce - Title of Divorce action.
Petition for Divorce. ... More details
Louisiana divorce - Where to file for divorce.
File in the parish of the respondent/defendant, in writing, signed by the party fililing, and registered by the recorder. ... More details
Maine divorce - Alimony maintenance spousal support.
Either spouse may be ordered to pay a reasonable amount of alimony. The court may also order that a spouse's real estate be awarded to the other spouse for life as alimony. The court may also order that a lump sum be paid to the other spouse as alimo ... More details
Maine divorce - Child custody.
Based on the best interests of the child, 3 types of custody may be awarded:
(1) responsibilities for the child's welfare are divided, either exclusively or proportionately. The responsibilities to be divided are: primary physical reside ... More details
Maine divorce - Child support.
Either or both parents may be ordered to pay child support, regardless of any marital fault. An order for support may require that a parent be responsible for an insurance policy covering the child's medical, hospital, and other health care expenses. ... More details
Maine divorce - General Divorce Procedure.
If the complaint for divorce is uncontested, then the testimony of a corroborating witness is unnecessary. ... More details
Maine divorce - Grounds for Maine Divorce.
Maine’s no-fault ground for divorce is irreconcilable marital differences. ... More details
Maine divorce - Legal Separation.
Legal separation will be granted if the spouses have been living apart for at least 60 days with just cause. ... More details