Lake Charles, LA asked in Family Law and Divorce for Louisiana

Q: In Louisiana do you have to be living in separate houses before you can file for divorce?

Divorce reason is irreconcilable differences uncontested. Children are over 18

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Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: No---because there may be issues/incidental matters involving the breakup of the marriage you do not have to live separate and apart before filing divorce, however, the time period required for living separate and apart for an uncontested divorce (180 days of living separate and apart if all children of the marriage are over 18) will not begin until you are living separate and apart. You should consult with a family lawyer in your area to discuss your incidental issues (temporary and permanent spousal support, community property, etc) as well as the requirements/procedure to obtain a divorce. Good luck.

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