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Divorce: Introduction

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It is always in your best interest to speak with an attorney about your case. If you cannot afford an attorney, a legal aid organization may be able to represent you for free or at reduced cost. However, certain restrictions apply and they may not be able to take your case. You have a right to represent yourself, and there are diverse services available to help you learn more.

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What this libguide can do:

  • provide basic information about how to obtain a divorce in Louisiana;
  • help you determine if you qualify for a divorce;
  • provide basic information on the process of petitioning for divorce; and
  • connect you with additional information and services.

What this libguide cannot do:

Divorce is a very common legal issue. Ending a marriage does not always require a lawyer. Some people can get a divorce without professional assistance.  Those not represented by professional legal assistance are often referred to as self-represeneted ligitgants

The guide is meant to help someone who is not represented by a lawyer understand the general rules and procedures of a civil court case in Louisiana. It is not a complete guide to the law nor does it discuss every issue or aspect of the law that may affect your case. The purpose of this guide is to give general information and make it easier to represent yourself in court. 

This libguide is still in development and the information is not guaranteed to be accurate. For additional resources and/or to find assistance in your parish, visit LouisianaLawHelp.org.           

LEAP

The Legal Education and Assistance Program (LEAP) is a project sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association, with the support of the Louisiana Library Association, the Law Library of Louisiana, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Acadiana Legal Services, and Legal Services of North Louisiana. LEAP aims to provide support and assistance to public librarians throughout the state by providing them with the tools to help their patrons with their legal questions. LEAP understands that librarians are prohibited from providing legal advice, but instead helps them provide legal information, including referrals to attorneys.