Baton Rouge Divorce Lawyer

Divorce is a complicated, emotional process, best handled by an experienced family law attorney. At Lazarre Law Firm, principal attorney Mark Lazarre has over 30 years of experience with a wide variety of legal matters for clients in Baton Rouge and across the state of Louisiana.

The Main Question

When we speak with our divorce clients, one of the most frequently asked questions is: How long does it take to get divorced?

  • If you have no children, you must live apart for 6 months before the divorce petition can be filed and granted.
  • However, if you do have minor children, you must live apart for at least one year before the petition can be granted.

Clients often want to know how they can prove that they have been living apart for the specified time. The answer is simple: All you have to do is make a statement in front of a notary, who can then validate your response.

There are two main ways to petition for divorce.

  • 103 Divorce - You have to be apart for the required time before the petition can be filed. Once this condition is met, the petition is typically granted without other requirements.
  • 102 Divorce - This type of divorce petition can be filed right away, but it requires a second pleading. Also, the process may be extended if there are children involved.

Our firm can help you understand the specifics of community property and the division of marital assets.

To learn more about filing for divorce, separation, child support or child custody matters, call (225) 590-5323, or contact a family law attorney at Lazarre Law Firm online today.