What do family law attorneys do?

Family lawyers handle cases covering divorce, division of assets, child support, child custody, spousal support, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, adoptions, and more.

What are the benefits of hiring a family lawyer?

While some divorce and custody cases are simple, the majority are often complex and multifaceted. This is especially true when there are minor children involved and/or several assets to divide. A family lawyer can help guide you through your case using their years of expertise and legal insight. These lawyers will take the paperwork and other burdens off of your shoulders. Most importantly, family law attorneys will work to get you the results you deserve.

What factors will affect my child custody case?

There are many factors that go into determining custody. This includes the child’s age, living situations of both parents, history of domestic violence and abuse, the child’s preferences, and other factors. Overall, the courts aim to determine custody based on the best interests of the child.

How long will my divorce take?

While this varies per case, the minimum amount of time needed to process a divorce in Louisiana is 180 days.

In a divorce, how is alimony determined?

Alimony, or spousal support, is often determined on a case-by-case basis in Louisiana. It is up to the judge who will look at a number of factors. These factors include each spouse’s income, financial obligations, earning capacity, child custody, duration of the marriage, whether either party is “at fault,” and more.

How are assets divided in a divorce? Are assets always split 50/50?

Louisiana is a community property state, meaning that only property that is acquired during the marriage is able to be “divided” in a divorce. In most cases, such property is divided between the two parties 50-50. This can include wages, investments, houses & other assets, as well as debt.

What is a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement (also known as a “prenup”) is a contract created by a couple that determines how their assets will be divided in case of divorce or if one spouse dies. When a couple divorces and has this contract in place, the courts will use this document as guidance for determining property divisions. It is important to note that prenuptial agreements can NOT determine child custody.