An uncontested divorce is defined as a divorce in which marital assets
and debt ownership is not debated, both parties agree on divorce, and
custody and visitation rights are agreeable to both spouses. This type
of divorces can still be complicated and it is within an individual's
best interest to hire a Baton Rouge divorce attorney to prepare a Divorce
Agreement and file the proper paperwork.
How Long Does an Uncontested Divorce Take in Louisiana?
How long it takes to finalize a divorce in Louisiana can vary. In the simplest
of divorce cases, a couple without children can finalize their
uncontested divorce relatively quickly. This is because the couple must live separately and
apart for at least 180 before filing for divorce
or they couple must live separately and apart for 180 days after filing for
a Petition for Divorce.
If there are children involved, the process will take longer. The requirement
for separate living separately and apart still applies but the time periods
are extended to 365 days. Once the 365 day requirement is fulfilled and
the paperwork has been reviewed by the court, the couple can finalize
One must take into account the time the court takes to review the divorce
paperwork. The court can take as long as is needed and if there are discrepancies
within the divorce paperwork or Divorce Agreement, the court review could
extend the finalization.
If you wish to end your marriage as soon as possible, it is recommended
that you have an attorney handle the divorce paperwork and submission
to the court.
If you are considering filing for divorce in Louisiana, please
contact the Layfield Law Firm. Our experienced and courteous staff would be happy to assist you with
any questions you may have. Please
call for a consultation to discuss filing for a divorce.