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  • Child Custody in Louisiana (Guide)

    This comprehensive guide to child custody in Louisiana covers: Understanding Child Custody, Establishing Child Custody, Modifying Child Custody, and Exercising + Enforcing Child Custody. The guide includes information on paternity, relocation, contempt, failure to exercise or allow custody, the standards for changing child custody judgments, and much more. Read More

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    Lagniappe Law Lab
  • Custody and Visitation Rights for Grandparents (Video and FAQs)

    Video and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about custody and visitation rights for grandparents. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
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    Spanish / Español
  • Name Change in Louisiana After Divorce

    This resource explains the name change process after a divorce. Read More

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    Lagniappe Law Lab
  • Child Custody and Juvenile Court Jurisdiction (Article)

    When there is an open juvenile court case, a parent or guardian should know that the district court judge deciding a divorce or custody case may have limited power to make orders relating to the child who is subject to the juvenile court case. As this article explains, the juvenile court judge will still have the power to make orders relating to custody in certain kinds of cases. Read More

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    Lagniappe Law Lab
  • Provisional Custody by Mandate (Form)

    A form from the Louisiana Revised Statutes (9:954). Read More

  • Understanding the Best Interest of the Child (Article)

    Louisiana courts use the "best interest of the child" standard to determine custody. This article lays out the factors that make up the "best interest of the child" test used by the courts and explains how the factors can influence a judge's decision on custody. Read More

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    Lagniappe Law Lab
  • What You Should Know about Custody (FAQs)

    Frequently asked questions and answers about custody issues. Read More

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    Acadiana Legal Service Corporation Lafayette Office
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    Spanish / Español
  • What is Emergency Ex Parte Custody? (Article)

    In some cases, there may be a need for a court order relating to child custody before the other parent or party can be heard before the Court. A custody order entered before the other party has an opportunity to respond is called "ex parte," and they are available in limited, usually emergency, circumstances. This article explains. Read More

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    Lagniappe Law Lab
  • What You Need to Know About Child in Need of Care Cases in Louisiana (Guide)

    The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) starts Child in Need of Care (CINC) cases when they determine that a child has experienced some form of neglect. While the goal of CINC cases is "reunification," or having the child go home, parents need to know about the CINC process and parental rights and responsibilities during the process. Read More

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    Lagniappe Law Lab