How Long Does an Uncontested Divorce Take in Louisiana?


An uncontested divorce is defined as a divorce in which marital assets and debt ownership is not debated, both parties agree on divorce, and custody and visitation rights are agreeable to both spouses. This type of divorces can still be complicated and it is within an individual's best interest to hire a Baton Rouge divorce attorney to prepare a Divorce Agreement and file the proper paperwork.

How Long Does an Uncontested Divorce Take in Louisiana?

How long it takes to finalize a divorce in Louisiana can vary. In the simplest of divorce cases, a couple without children can finalize their uncontested divorce relatively quickly. This is because the couple must live separately and apart for at least 180 before filing for divorce or they couple must live separately and apart for 180 days after filing for a Petition for Divorce.

If there are children involved, the process will take longer. The requirement for separate living separately and apart still applies but the time periods are extended to 365 days. Once the 365 day requirement is fulfilled and the paperwork has been reviewed by the court, the couple can finalize their divorce.

One must take into account the time the court takes to review the divorce paperwork. The court can take as long as is needed and if there are discrepancies within the divorce paperwork or Divorce Agreement, the court review could extend the finalization.

If you wish to end your marriage as soon as possible, it is recommended that you have an attorney handle the divorce paperwork and submission to the court.

If you are considering filing for divorce in Louisiana, please contact the Layfield Law Firm. Our experienced and courteous staff would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have. Please call for a consultation to discuss filing for a divorce.