Domestic Violence and Abuse
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This category concerns options for people dealing with domestic violence and abuse, including getting protective orders, enforcing them, understanding abuse, reporting abuse, and getting resources and status if there is abuse.
Here is information from the Social Security Administration about getting a new Social Security number for victims of domestic violence.
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.
Fault-based divorce in Louisiana is based on Louisiana Civil Code article 103. This article discusses divorces on the grounds that a spouse committed adultery, or domestic violence, or has been convicted of a felony and sentenced to death or imprisonment at hard labor.
Louisiana law provides certain protections from evictions based on incidents of domestic abuse. This discusses how tenants can claim protection from eviction based on domestic abuse and when a landlord can evict a tenant even though there has been an incident of domestic abuse on the leased premises.
This six-part video series created by Louisiana Appleseed explains how to get a protective order in Louisiana. It covers important information about filling out the Petition for Protection From Abuse, having it notarized, proper filing, introducing evidence at the hearing, and what it means when you are granted a protective order.
Representation of children in child protection cases is overseen by the Louisiana Supreme Court, which designates appropriate programs for qualified legal representation in accordance with a plan for service delivery approved by the Court.
This resource explains when the law allows a party to ask for a change in a custody judgment. It also discusses the reasons why the Court might agree to make the change and the different standards that apply to consent judgments versus considered judgments of custody.
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.