The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics Report indicates that Louisiana had a divorce rate of 2.4 divorces per 1,000 inhabitants in 2019. Whether it is a divorce or legal separation, marriage dissolution is often an emotional experience that has huge ramifications for your family, children, and finances. Fortunately, an uncontested divorce offers a peaceful and cheaper way to dissolve a marriage while resolving key divorce issues.
At the Law Office of Robert B. Dunlap, I have the experience and resources to guide you through the complexities of divorce proceedings. As your legal counsel, I can evaluate your circumstances and help you understand your available options. I can also help you resolve key matters in your uncontested divorce, including proper division, child custody, child support, and spousal support. As an experienced Louisiana family law attorney, I will offer you the detailed counsel and advocacy you need to make critical decisions and walk you through the process from start to finish.
My firm — the Law Office of Robert B. Dunlap — serves clients across Shreveport, Minden, Bossier City, Mansfield, and Webster Parish, Louisiana, as well as Marshall, Texas.
What is an Uncontested Divorce?
An uncontested divorce is a situation in which both spouses mutually agree on the essential terms of the divorce, including asset division, alimony, tax deductions, child custody, support, and parenting time. It is considered a more peaceful and cheaper form of divorce in Louisiana.
Qualifying for an Uncontested Divorce
To file for divorce in Louisiana, you are required to:
- Meet the residency requirement by living in the state for at least one year prior to filing
- Seek marital counseling prior to filing for divorce (for covenant marriage only)
Couples can seek an uncontested divorce if they have been living separate and apart for:
- Six months (if there are no children)
- One year (if they have children)
An uncontested divorce will only be granted to traditional marriages.