Your divorce action in Louisiana will take place in what is referred to as the district court. Generally each parish has a district court although there are some parishes that have a district court in combination with an adjacent parish. In order for a court to hear your divorce or custody case the court must have what is known as jurisdiction. Jurisdiction is the legal power and authority of a court to hear and determine an action. For the court to have jurisdiction to hear your case you must live within the parish of the court.