BOSSIER CITY DIVORCE ATTORNEY
No one likes to think when they get married that one day their marriage might end in divorce. Unfortunately, divorce is very common, with at least 39% of marriages ending in divorce in the United States today. And while divorce rates in Louisiana have actually decreased over the past decade, the need for divorce attorneys still prevails.
With divorce comes a lot of stress and emotion, which can make handling all of the legal aspects that go into it considerably difficult. We can help with that. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Vergis, we represent clients in a variety of family law matters such as divorce throughout the Shreveport and Bossier City, LA area.
Attorney at Law Michael J. Vergis understands the delicate nature of divorce proceedings. It often requires heavy litigation and mediation to protect your assets and ensure you receive a fair distribution of property, and when children are involved, things can get even more complicated. If you are considering filing for a divorce or have been served with divorce papers from your spouse, contact an experienced Louisiana divorce lawyer by calling our law firm at 318-618-8129 today to see how we can help you.
How Do I File for Divorce?
In Bossier City and the state of Louisiana as a whole, there are a few different methods for how divorces can be initiated. For one, an individual can file for a no-fault divorce and serve the papers to their spouse. If one spouse issues a Louisiana divorce petition, the other spouse can’t just deny it. However, a no-fault divorce requires the couple to live apart for 180 days (or 360 days if children are involved) before the actual divorce proceedings can take place. If the couple has already lived apart for the required amount of time before filing for divorce, one of the two can serve the papers and the process can begin.
A party can file for an immediate divorce only if they meet the requirements of a fault-based divorce in Louisiana.
Fault-Based Divorce Vs. No-Fault Divorce
The difference between no-fault divorces and fault divorces is that no-fault divorce isn’t caused by anything other than “irreconcilable differences” or an “irreparable disintegration of the marriage.” Meanwhile, fault divorce may result from one spouse:
- Committing domestic abuse (a spouse physically or sexually abuses the other spouse or their child)
- Committing adultery (See our blog Does Cheating Affect Alimony?)
- Receiving a felony conviction met with death or imprisonment with hard labor
- Abandoning the other
- Suffering a physical disability that prevents them from engaging in sexual intercourse with the other
- A protective order being issued by the spouse who was a victim of domestic violence
To file for at-fault divorce, Louisiana law requires the spouse that filed the divorce petition to prove one of the aforementioned faults. So if a spouse is claiming abuse, they must be able to prove it somehow. Only then will the court grant a judgment of divorce with fault.