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Basic Divorce Information and Online Forms for Louisiana

Here you will find basic information and automated forms for divorce in Louisiana. These forms do not cover every situation. Make sure you have the right form for your situation before you use the computer program for your forms.

Get Your Information Together Before You Use the Online Forms.

There are some pieces of information you need before you fill out your form on the computer.

  1. You need the full name and address and telephone number (if any) for you and your spouse (that means your husband or wife). Your spouse on the other side of the case may be called the "defendant" or is sometimes called the "adverse" party. As the one filing the case, you are sometimes called the "Petitioner" or you may sometimes be called the "Plainitff."

  2. You need the day, month and year you were married. 

  3. You need the name of the parish (or county) and state where you were married.

  4. You need to know the name of the parish where you are going to file your papers. If you do not know where to file, find a lawyer to help you.

  5. For forms package involving children you need the name and date of birth for each child, as well as the name of the person with whom that child is living.

  6. The forms package for divorce with children also asks you to pick among a list of options for dealing with custody of the minor children. You need to know what kind of custody arrangement you want for the minor children.

  7. The forms package for divorce with children also asks you to pick among a list of options for dealing with community property. If you do not know how you want to deal with this, stop using this program and seek a lawyer to help you.

  8. As the person filing papers to ask the court to make this change, you need to put your full address and phone number on the court papers.

  9. You need to know if you will have to arrange to "serve" court papers on your spouse, or whether your spouse will agree to accept service and sign an "Acceptance of Service" form.

  10. You need to know if you plan to ask for permission to file your court papers In Forma Pauperis or "IFP." Filing In Forma Pauperis only delays court fees, and the court does not have to agree to allow you to do this. If you do not file In Forma Pauperis, you must pay when you file your papers with the Clerk of Court.

  11. You will need to pick some options for dealing with court costs.