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Louisiana: Grounds for Divorce in Louisiana

Each state has unique grounds in which a divorce may be granted by the court. When choosing the grounds for your divorce, you should always remember that you must have sufficient proof to the court that your marital situation warrants a divorce by the grounds you are requesting the divorce to be granted.

Grounds for Filing: The Petition for Divorce must declare the appropriate Louisiana grounds upon which the divorce is being sought. The appropriate lawful ground will be that which the parties agree upon and can substantiate, or that which the filing spouse desires to prove to the court. The divorce grounds are as follows:


The spouses have lived separate and apart continuously for at least one hundred eighty days prior to the filing for the divorce.


(1) Adultery.

(2) Imprisonment.

(3) Abandonment for a period of one year.

(4) Physical or sexual abuse.

(5) The spouses have been living separate and apart continuously for a period of two years.

(6) Living separate and apart continuously for a period of one year from the date the judgment of separation from bed and board was signed.

(Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure - Article: 103)

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If you do not fall under any of the above mentioned grounds for divorce or dissolution, you most likely should consider trying to save your marriage. Many spouses find that they do not meet the requirements of a waiting period, which can be very frustrating, but it is these waiting periods that are in effect in order to help prevent rash decisions to terminate a marriage.

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