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  • Louisiana Civil Legal Navigator

    Not sure where to start your legal research? Try the Louisiana Civil Legal Navigator. Answer a few questions about yourself and your situation to get customized legal information, local court forms, referrals to legal aid, and more. Available for Divorce, Child Custody, Employment Law, and private Landlord-Tenant Law. Content Detail

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    Lagniappe Law Lab
  • About Getting a Divorce

    Information you need to know about getting a divorce in Louisiana in FAQ format. Includes a narrated video. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Acknowledgement of Paternity

    See these online forms from the Louisiana Department of Health. See also Frequently Asked Questions about Paternity, in the Family & Children section of www.lawhelp.org/la, under the area marked "Paternity." Content Detail

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    Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
  • Asking a Court to Modify Child Support: Basic Information and Online Form

    Use the Guide to create a court form to ask for a change to child support, also called a "modification" of child support. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
  • Divorce Dictionary

    A plain-language guide to understanding words used in divorce cases. Click on the terms to see the definitions and find links to in-depth articles explaining more complicated issues. Read More

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    Lagniappe Law Lab
  • Guide: Going to court on your own?

    No lawyer? Try to find one if you can. This item talks about some ways to find a lawyer. If that does not work, click on the picture above to hear and see a presentation that talks about some things you should do if you have to handle your case on your own. You can also read the text. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Information Guide and Online Forms for a Basic Louisiana Divorce

    This guide has some basic information about divorce in Louisiana state court. There is also a link to a computer program that will create a divorce forms packet. Warning: depending on your situation, you may need additional forms or different forms. These forms do not cover every situation. These forms do not apply to divorce in a state other than Louisiana. Content Detail

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
  • Legally Updating Your Gender Marker

    This guide provides basic information about updating gender marker on your identification and other legal documents. Read More

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    Lagniappe Law
  • Louisiana Expungement App

    This app will help you determine whether or not you can get your criminal record expunged under Louisiana law. If you are likely eligible for an expungement, you will find resources for pro bono and private attorneys who can assist you. Content Detail

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    The Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana
  • Name Change Process Guide

    If you are legally an adult in Louisiana, this guide provides basic information on how to change your name in court. When a name change is possible, the process is relatively simple and can be managed without the help of a lawyer. This guide is intended to provide support to those seeking to complete a name change without legal representation. Read More

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    Lagniappe Law Lab
  • Papers in your Civil Court Case: Words You Should Know

    You may come across some of these words in court. This presentation is based on a resource created with the Pro Se Subcommittee of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
  • People in Your Civil Court Case: Words You Should Know

    Watch this presentation to find out about words you need to know describing people in your civil court case. This presentation is based on a resource created with the Pro Se Subcommittee of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee. Read More

  • Places in your Civil Court Case: Words You Should Know

    Learn more about words you may come across in state courts in Louisiana. This presentation is based on a resource created with the Pro Se Subcommittee of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee. Read More

  • Procedures in your Civil Court Case: Words You Should Know

    You may come across some of these words in court. This presentation is based on a resource created with the Pro Se Subcommittee of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee. Read More