Divorce Can Be Amicable


Not everyone who gets divorced is spoiling for a fight. That is just fine with us. Rest assured your experienced Baton Rouge family law attorney has seen plenty of animosity. We understand the high toll on all involved when friction drives a family law case. Not taking differences to court saves dollars, time and trouble.

The benefits of an amicable divorce extend far beyond monetary cost. The timeline also shortens considerably. Louisiana is not like other states. Napoleonic law still shapes the legal atmosphere of our state and its traditions. One benefit is that there is no need to cite irreconcilable differences as grounds for divorce.

Instead, just living apart for 180 days (if there are no minor children) constitutes sufficient grounds for divorce. That presumes not living as husband and wife during that time.

Often attorney assisted negotiation can help parties agree on property division and child custody. A huge benefit is forgoing the involved legal process known as discovery. In legalese, discovery means an investigation by each side about the other side and the case as a whole. The process may involve private investigators, asset traces, written questions, and records subpoenas.

Additionally, discovery includes depositions where witnesses submit to intense, often lengthy questioning by attorneys before a court reporter and oftentimes, a videographer. Attorneys often must deal with the logistics of scheduling depositions. Then they must prepare for, attend and as applicable, defend their party in any depositions. Furthermore, attorneys end up poring over the transcripts for use in further discovery or trial.

Avoiding that experience alone should encourage couples to seek agreement with one another. We believe many couples prefer sparing themselves a lengthy, troublesome and expensive battle. Attorneys negotiate by trade and can help pave the way to an amicable agreement.

If you would like to discuss this, or your other family law needs, please contact us. We would be delighted to assist you.