If you and your spouse are considering a divorce, the legal route you take will depend on a few factors:
Any individual who has been a resident of Louisiana for a year or more can file for divorce in the state. You can even file for divorce outside of the state, as long as you have maintained your Louisiana residency. If you and your spouse do not have any children, you merely need to live in separate homes for a period of 180 days. At that point, the state will move forward with granting your divorce. Couples with children must live in separate residences for an entire year before a divorce is granted.
Couples who entered a “covenant marriage,” on the other hand, have a more lengthy process. A covenant marriage is a unique relationship, that according to DivorceNet.com, “is based upon the belief that couples often end their marriage without attempting to resolve their conflicts. The pair agrees to attend premarital counseling before they get married and enter counseling when marital problems arise.”
At Hoffman Divorce Strategies, we regularly work with couples and their divorce attorneys on navigating financial settlements. Whether you’re in a traditional marriage or covenant marriage, our goal is to ensure you understand the implications of your settlement and ultimately, your financial future.