Time for a fresh start?

Divorce is not the end.

“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford


Divorce Happens

Contact an Experienced Divorce Lawyer

Nobody benefits from staying in a toxic marriage riddled with irreconcilable differences. Sometimes it is in the best interest of all parties involved to simply move on in an amicable and mature manner. It’s not easy and it’s not painless- but with solid legal guidance, it’s not the end of the world.

We know that going through a divorce is a stressful and emotional process. It’s a challenging time for you, your spouse, your children, and your extended family. But getting divorced can also be a new chapter in your life, a chance for new beginnings. Marriages can deteriorate over time for any number of reasons, oftentimes because of circumstances outside the control of you or your spouse.

Regardless of the circumstances of your divorce, many decisions need to be made that will impact everyone’s lives moving forward. Which is why it’s important to have a caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable attorney to guide you along the way. Give us a call today and relax knowing we’re here to help. Initial consultations are free.

Lafayette Divorce Lawyer Taylor Fontenot

At Southern Oaks, Lafayette family law attorney Taylor Fontenot believes his role is to protect your rights and interests while simultaneously working with everyone involved in order to minimize collateral damage and resolve disputes timely and efficiently. ​

Grounds for Divorce in Louisiana

Fault-Based Divorce

Fault-based divorces allow you to obtain an immediate divorce, but only upon proof that your spouse committed adultery or was convicted of a felony and sentenced to death or imprisonment at hard labor.

No-Fault Divorce

More commonly used, a “no fault” divorce allows you to obtain a divorce without the necessity of proving any fault. To obtain a no fault divorce, you and your spouse must live separate and apart, without reconciliation, for a prescribed period before or after filing for divorce. That time period varies depending on whether or not minor children are involved. In general, you must live separate and apart for 180 days if there are no minor children of the marriage, and 365 days if there are minor children of the marriage.


Divorce Related Matters

During or after your divorce, either party can ask the court to determine a variety of related matters including: child custody, visitation, and support; community property; spousal support; injunctive relief; and use and occupancy of the family home. ​​

The materials available at this web site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. 

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