Louisiana has the fourth highest divorce rate in the nation, according to Federal Census Bureau data from 2017. The old statistic of “50% of marriages end in divorce” is quite misleading. While divorces have been on the decline in recent years, so, too, have the number of new marriages. One reason noted for the slow in marriage is that many couples are choosing to cohabitate, rather than tie the knot. Coincidentally, data indicates couples living together prior to marriage have a higher divorce rate than those who do not.
In 2017, Louisiana recorded just over 30,000 new marriages and more than 10,000 divorces. When talking about these numbers, it should also be noted that the more often someone is married, the odds of their next marriage ending in a divorce increases. This makes the counts difficult, as many people have been married, then divorced, more than once. National statistics also indicate that approximately 80% of all divorces are filed by women. (These figures do not reflect the total number of married people in Louisiana, versus the total number who are divorced.)
Reasons vary in every situation, but the decision to start divorce proceedings is a major life choice. The time after making this decision can be very difficult for all involved, including both spouses and any children in the family. Along with the emotions and personal turmoil that come with ending a marriage, there are many legal questions, which must be considered.
There are many nuances to divorce in Louisiana. The amount of time required for the couple to be separated changes with different factors. There are different kinds of divorces that can be granted, as well. Child support and alimony are also issues that may arise and need to be brought before a judge.
Having a good understanding of each will help you make the best decision for you. At the Gouner Law Office, our attorney can lead you through the process to relieve the legal stress of this monumental life change. You will be guided and counseled through all the steps to help minimize the confusion and pain. Involving an attorney in this process also gives you the assistance of legal counsel, so you do not have to negotiate directly with your future ex.