Reducing Your Fears And Resolving Your Family Law Matters

When you're dealing with a family law issue such as divorce or child custody, chances are you may be scared, confused and fearful of what might happen. You need a family law attorney who will reassure you that it's going to be OK and that you will survive both emotionally and financially. You need an attorney who will work hard to make sure that happens.

At Doucet Law Firm in Lake Charles, our lawyer's job is to not only aggressively resolve your family law issue in a way that protects your future, but to also listen to your concerns and stand by your side during this emotional time. We return calls promptly and keep you updated throughout your case, so you never have to worry or wonder what is happening.

We have helped countless families throughout Calcasieu Parish and Jefferson Davis Parish resolve family law issues, including:

  • Divorce, whether it involves children or not
  • Property partition, including in high-asset divorce, even if you are not sure how much property you have
  • Child custody, child support and visitation to ensure we do what's best for the child or children. Our approach is to create as much leverage as we can for negotiation.
  • Alimony or spousal support
  • Adoptions, including intrafamily adoptions or stepparent adoptions. We have done more than a thousand adoptions and can help you adopt a baby or child
  • Paternity and fathers' rights
  • Grandparents' rights

Five Things You Need To Know About Family Law In Louisiana

Familiarizing yourself with Louisiana's family laws can help prepare you for what's to come. Here are five things you need to know about family law in Louisiana:

1) Legal grounds for divorce in Louisiana can be based on fault or no-fault.

  • Some may want to use fault grounds to gain an advantage in a dispute involving child custody, child support, alimony or property division.
  • In a no-fault divorce, a spouse does not have to prove the other spouse did anything wrong.
  • Being separated for at least six months also qualifies as no-fault grounds for divorce.
  • Fault grounds for divorce include adultery or conviction of a felony.

2) Louisiana law allows alternatives to divorce: annulment.

3) The waiting period in Louisiana after filing a divorce is 180 days if there are no children — the couple must live separately or apart for 180 days. If there are children, the waiting period is 365 days.

4) Louisiana is a community property state. This means:

  • Income earned by both spouses during the marriage, and any property or assets purchased with that income are considered marital property.
  • Marital property is property that is owned equally by each spouse.
  • Marital property is divided equally between each spouse during a divorce.

5) Louisiana courts take into consideration the child's best interests when determining child custody. This typically includes the child's:

  • Safety, health and well-being
  • Relationship(s) with siblings
  • Relationship with parents
  • Need for consistency after the divorce
  • Continuity and stability in his or her education, community and family life

If the child is 16 years old or older, Louisiana courts may allow the child to give his or her preference in custody decisions.

Get The Support And Legal Representation You Need

Turn your fear into hope by finding out how we can help you resolve your family law issue. Call us today at 337-419-0298 or visit our contact page.