If there is one thing family law attorneys understand, it is divorce. Unfortunately, many couples reach a point where their marriages no longer work for either spouse. Sometimes, this realization evolves over months or even years, giving spouses time to plan the divorce. However, other times relationships fall apart quickly, making it essential to end the marriage as fast as possible.
Like all other states, Louisiana has specific laws governing how a couple can get divorced. In some cases, family law issues aside from the divorce itself can prolong the process. Below are a few scenarios that may extend the proceedings.
- High value assets or other complicated property division issues
- High conflict relationships with complex balance of power problems
- Marriages in which the couple shares one or more children
The fastest way to end a marriage is by seeking an uncontested divorce. However, this works best when both spouses are committed to the idea of getting out as quickly as possible. When there are no children and no property division conflicts, your divorce may proceed easily. However, it will still take some time to complete the process.
In Louisiana, couples must live "separate and apart" for at least 180 days after they file for divorce. While this means staying married for an additional six months, this waiting period will at least give you space and time away from your spouse. For many, the time apart makes the waiting period more tolerable.
Even if you plan to pursue an uncontested divorce, a family law attorney may be able to help you expedite the process after the waiting period elapses. Your lawyer can also make certain that your rights remain protected throughout the process.