Family Law

Family is one the most important institutions in our day-to-day lives. This is why there are so many laws in place to help protect the institution of family. Whether you’re considering a divorce, you need to work out a custody plan for your child, or your spouse is claiming that you need to pay spousal or child support, it’s crucial to approach your case with an understanding of the laws that can affect you and your family long-term. That’s where I come in.

Understand Your State’s Divorce Laws

No one enjoys the process of going through a divorce — but sometimes, it’s absolutely the right call for your family. In Louisiana and Texas, there are a few key laws you should be aware of as you begin the first steps of your divorce:

Filing for Divorce in Louisiana

  • You can file for divorce if you’ve lived in Louisiana for at least one year.
  • Louisiana allows covenant marriages, which requires couples to attend premarital counseling before getting married and to attend marital counseling before filing for a divorce.
  • Unless you’re filing for divorce on the grounds of adultery or a felony, you and your spouse must live separately for 180 days (or 365 days if you have children under the age of 18).

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Filing for Divorce in Texas

  • You can file for divorce if you or your spouse has lived in Texas for at least six months and your county for at least 90 days.
  • Texas does not currently allow covenant marriages, but this topic is revisited quite often and may change in the near future.
  • In Texas, you can file for divorce due to any of the following factors: cruelty, adultery, a felony, abandonment, mental hospital treatment, or personality differences. Otherwise, you need to live separately from your spouse for at least three years.

Other Family Law Matters

While divorce is one of the most common reasons someone may turn to a family attorney, it isn’t the only cause. You most likely need an attorney if any of these matters pertain to your family:

  • Adoption
  • Alimony & Spousal Support
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Child Visitation
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Paternity
  • Surrogacy

If you ever feel like you need a third party to weigh in on the best interests of you and your family, you may have a family law case on your hands. Don’t get help from just any third party — get help from an experienced, compassionate, and unbiased attorney.

Family & Divorce Lawyer in Shreveport, LA

What you need now more than an ever is a lawyer you can trust — both with the delicate details and long-term outcome of your case. I’ve worked with families in Louisiana and Texas for the last 30 years, and my ultimate mission is to provide legal representation that’s both cost-effective and high-quality. If you have a family law matter you need help with, contact me for guidance.