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The followingcapsule summary of the law in this state related to divorce maybe helpful to you. These brief statements are not meant tosubstitute for legal consultation, but rather to highlight themain issues to consider.

Divorce Law


Grounds: Adultery; conviction ofcrime.

Residency: One spouse must bedomiciled in state at time of filing.

Waiting Period: None listed.

No Fault: Separation.

Defenses: Reconciliation.

Code Section: Civ. Code 102, 104

Uniform Child Custody Act:1978
Joint Custody:Yes, Civ. Art. 131, 146
Grandparent Visitation:Yes, Rev. Stat. Art. IX: 572
Child's Wishes Considered:Yes
Code Section: Civ. Art. 131; Rev. Stat. 9:572

Community Property: Yes, with considerable exceptions (CCArt. 2334, et seq.).


Grounds: Null without marriageceremony; consent not freely given; purported marriage betweensame sex has no civil effects.

Time Limitation: None listed.

Legitimacy of Children: Child ofmarriage contracted in good faith is legitimate.

Prohibited Marriages: None listed.

Code Section: Civ. 94 to 96


American Arbitration Association
New Orleans Regional Office
650 Poydras St., Ste. 1535
New Orleans, LA 70130-6101
Phone: (504)522-8781
Fax: (504)561-8041
Deann Gladwell, Reg. VP

Louisiana Department of FinancialInstitutions
8401 United Plaza Blvd., Ste. 200
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone: (504)925-4660
Larry Murry, Commnr.

Louisiana Department of Health andHospitals
Office of Public Health Services
Vital Records Registry
PO Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160
Phone: (504)568-5251
Reponds to public inquiries for birth records dating back 100years, death records dating back 50 years statewide. Marriagerecords filed with the clerk of court of the parish where licensewas secured, except Orleans Parish; use same address as for birthand death certificates. Charges $10 for copies of birthcertificates, and $5 for copies of death and marriagecertificates (Orleans Parish). For birth records over 100 years,and death records over 50 years, write to Louisiana StateArchives, PO Box 94125, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125. For allinquiries, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Louisiana Insurance Department
PO Box 94214
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9214
Phone: (504)342-5900
James H. Brown, Commnr.

Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504)566-1600
Fax: (504)566-0930

Louisiana Support Enforcement Services
Office of Eligibility Determinations
618 Main St.
PO Box 94065
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4065
Phone: (504)342-4780
Fax: (504)342-7397

Office of Child Support EnforcementRegional Representative (Louisiana)
1200 Main Tower Bldg., Ste. 1700
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: (214)767-4155

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