Lauren Gay Coleman
Attorney at Law


Louisiana has adopted a no fault system of divorce which means the parties do not need to prove fault in order to obtain a divorce.  The two types of divorce in Louisiana are known by the Civil Code Articles governing each one, 102 and 103.  The difference between the two have to do with whether you wait the required amount of time before the divorce or after filing for divorce.  The normal divorce is filed under Article 102.  The procedure requires the party to file for the divorce and then wait either 180 days if there are no children, or 365 if there are children, then file a final rule for the divorce. Under Article 103, the party files for divorce after living separate and apart  from their spouse for the required number of days.  Normally a preliminary default is entered and then confirmed by the party seeking the divorce.