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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Hello, what is the likelihood a male may be granted SPLIT or JOINT custody in Louisiana?

Married for 10 years, child is 7 years old, both would be living locally to child's school, no criminal history for both parents, no history of domestic abuse from either parties, no infidelity on either side, everything is under fathers name, father employed as AVP Branch Manager, Wife... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Feb 16, 2024

All cases are different and depend on the specific facts however the Courts prefer that both parents be involved in the life of the child so based on that, the likelihood of joint custody is high. I am not sure what you mean by SPLIT. If you mean SHARED, then the answer remains the same: the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can I divorce my husband I have 2 kids with for free and how long would it take if I give up rights to kids
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answered on Feb 8, 2024

In Louisiana, obtaining a divorce, even with the intention of relinquishing rights to children, may not be entirely free due to court fees and possible attorney costs. However, low-income individuals might qualify for a fee waiver or reduced-cost legal services through legal aid organizations. The... View More

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Q: Falsified court documents. Divorce filed stating there were no children born during the marriage and there was

I am not the biological father but the baby has my last name because we were married before and after she was born

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 28, 2024

You certainly have a right to dipsute this should you choose to do so. You should consult with a family law attorney in your area to discuss your options re: the breakup/dissolution of your marriage and the incidental matters, including, divorce, child support, child custody, spousal support and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: I would like to get divorced. I have lived in Louisiana for two years, my spouse is in California. We have no children.

We own a business together. I filed federal and state taxes in Louisiana (married separate). My spouse filed taxes in California (jt).

We own a condo together. We are broke. Barely getting by. I am unemployed. How can I divorce for least amount of expenses?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 16, 2024

My answer is that if you are currently living in Louisiana, then you should file in Louisiana-----that said, you indicate that you own property, you do not mention your debt, if any, of the community, so I recommend that before you file that you at least consult with a family law/divorce attorney... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: I believe an illegitimate deed was filed after a divorce decree was signed. Can a deed override a divorce decree order?

A divorce decree left property to my sibling and I in the event of my father’s death. He passed recently and I found that his wife who lived in the property with him but never purchased or paid the “now free and clear” mortgage, name is included on the deed along with him. Is this a... View More

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

In Louisiana, a divorce decree that addresses property distribution typically has legal precedence over later actions, such as the changing of a deed. If the decree explicitly awarded your mother's half of the property to you and your sibling, this should be honored unless legally modified... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: My soon to be ex-husband and I signed a paper and get it notarized that he will pay off a loan and he quit paying on it.

What can I do about it?

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answered on Nov 10, 2023

If you decide to file a lawsuit, you will need to prove that the agreement is valid and that your ex-husband has breached the agreement. You can do this by providing the court with a copy of the agreement and any other relevant evidence, such as emails or text messages that show that he agreed to... View More

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Q: Is it always a 50/50 split in the division of community property/business assets in Louisiana during divorce?

What if a spouse founded and ran a successful business enterprise and another spouse did not contribute to the success of this entity?

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answered on Nov 8, 2023

All property acquired during the marriage is considered community property and is generally divided evenly between the spouses in the event of a divorce. This includes business assets unless one spouse proves the business is separate property.

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Q: In Louisiana divorce, does living in a separate structure on the same property constitute "living separately and apart"?

To make it possible to divorce, can either myself or my spouse live in a separate structure on the same property, or are we required to maintain separate physical addresses?

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Oct 21, 2023

Yes, living under a different roof on the same property can constitute living separate and apart.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Louisiana on
Q: My ex-lawyer fell to submit to the court SWORN DETAILED DESCRIPTIVE LIST (back in 2014). What I spouse to do now?
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Sep 5, 2023

Not enough information is presented here being that you are discuss a failure which occurred in 2014 (9 years ago) and you are asking what you can do no in 2023. I would suggest that you contact a community property lawyer or 2 in your area and sit down with said lawyer and seek answers to the... View More

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Q: I recently separated from my marital home bc my spouse allowed his 28 year old son who is using illegal drugs to move in

I am in need of financial support but I don’t want to begin a divorce proceeding yet bc in 9 mths I been married 10 years. And 10 yrs is required to be able to receive social security benefits once I’m 62. This is important to me as my spouse hasn’t set aside any retirement & I am 49... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Aug 27, 2023

I applaud you for seeking information in advance---but you have specific questions which in this case yoou should seek a conult or 2 with family law attorneys in your parish ---discuss the specifics of your matter and then decide on the best route to take to maximize the chances of protcting... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Divorce article 103 - Adultery - Louisiana

My wife committed adultery and birthed a child to another man. She never denied the adultery and a DNA test was done and the other man came back as 99.999999% certainty as father. The necessary paperwork regarding the paternity was done and sent to the State. Me and my wife do have a minor child... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Aug 8, 2023

You can---but my suggestion is that you speak to a family law attorney in your area and discuss the pro and cons of filing a 103 divorce via adultery and the potential impacts this will have on incidental matters----there may not be any impacts but at least have a consult about this because you... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: If one party fully transfer ownership to the other party can they sell the property? .

Ex-husband acquired property before we were married. We terminate our community property and enter into a regime of separation of property before a lawyer and signed paperwork.. Ex-Husband signed and agreed to bargain, convey, sell, waive, and deliver property in full ownership to me. The home... View More

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answered on Aug 2, 2023

Did he execute a Deed of his interest to you? If not, he still owns an interest, which could possibly be mortgaged or executed upon.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: My wife and I were divorced 15 years ago, but we never did the property division. She now wants to do that.

When she left, we had a mortgage with very little equity built up in the house. The house is titled in both of our names. Since the divorce I have paid the house off. I have also paid for the insurance, repairs, maintenance, and taxes. I have meticulous records of all I have paid on the house since... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jul 5, 2023

You need legal counsel to make sure your rights are protected and as such I recommend that you contact some community property lawyers in your area, set up consults and then sit down with them and specifically discuss your situation-----while the basic rule is 1/2 and 1/2, there are also... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: If I sign an intervenor agreement for spouse to purchase a new home, and I still entitled to half of equity?
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jun 12, 2023

It will depend on what you are signing so we would have to see and review the proposed document in order to provide you with specific advice. That said, usually when you sign an intervenor agreement as you describe, it means you are acknowledding that the home is being purchased by your spouse... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Louisiana on
Q: Can my spouse sign an agreement that I will get the entire house and any value there-in, in the event of a separation?

We aren't sure if we are going to get divorced, but we want to make sure each other feel safe in this time of unknowns.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 31, 2023

You or both of you certainly can do that----but before doing so, I would contact a famliy law attorney or 2 and consult with them---a general consult---and learn of your rights if you do get divorced and what can or should be done. Some family law attorneys will charge you for an initial consult... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can i legally leave my husband and not support him if he is emotionally abusive, doesnt help me financially
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 31, 2023

I am sorry about your situation. In response to your post, more information is needed and I suggest that you contact a famliy law attorney or 2 and consult with them---a general consult--that way yoou can provide specific information and and learn of your rights if you decide to leave your husband... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: How do you get a divorce with property involved
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 16, 2023

Divorce and property (marital/community) are two different things. You can get divorce without resolving your property issues at the same time. Since oyu have property, I would recommend that you contact a family/divorce attorney and have a consult---or contact a few attorneys and have a few... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Is there a lawyer that will type up the documents for a divorce if we agree on everything so I can submit them?
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 5, 2023

I am unclear as to exactly what you are seeking however because there are potential incidental matters to a divorce, which could include, child custody, child support, spousal support (permanent and temporary), & community property to name a few, I would highly recommend that you contact a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Do i need to attend personally to a court hearing or can my lawyer represent me

if i move overseas

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Apr 5, 2023

If you have a lawyer, then please ask this to your lawyer----your lawyer is in the best position to know and answer your question. There are different ways of obtaining a divorce depending on each person's situation and some of them would require you to be present in court; others do not.... View More

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