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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.

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."

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.

Child Custody Guided Assistant

This Guided Assistant tool can help you find information and forms related to your child custody issues. This tool is not legal advice. This tool does not not take the place of legal advice from a competent attorney licensed in your state and familiar with the law and facts of your legal issue.

Child in Need of Care Cases

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.

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.

Establishing Paternity

This resource explains how paternity is determined by operation of law and how paternity can be established, changed, or disavowed by a man presumed to be the father of a child by operation of law.

Getting a Divorce

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

Issue Guide: Asking the Court for a Fee Delayer Application - In Forma Pauper (IFP)

The law says an "individual who is unable to pay the costs of court because of his poverty and lack of means" may file without paying court costs. This is called filing in forma pauperis (IFP). It is important to know that filing the affidavit with the court does not automatically lead to IFP status.

Issue Guide: Name Change After Divorce

This resource explains the name change process after a divorce.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Representing Yourself in Court: Your Rights and Responsibilities

Tips if you must handle your legal issue on your own without a lawyer. This document is strictly for informational purposes, it does not include legal advice.

Self Representation: How to Get Ready for Your Day in Court

See this brochure to find out more about what happens in the courtroom, how to behave, and more.

Uncontested Divorce Guided Assistant

This Guided Assistant tool can help you complete the paperwork required to file an uncontested divorce on your own. This tool is not legal advice. This tool does not not take the place of legal advice from a competent attorney licensed in your state and familiar with the law and facts of your legal issue.

Understanding an Answer and When to File An Answer to a Petition for Divorce

The law does not require an answer to be filed in response to a petition for divorce. This article explains the purpose of an answer, the amount of time a party has to file an answer, and the reasons a spouse might want to file one in response to a petition for divorce.

Understanding Louisiana Child Support Guidelines

In Louisiana, Courts use a fixed formula to calculate child support. The formula is part of the Louisiana Child Support Guidelines. The formula uses the total amount of both parents' monthly incomes and the number of children they have to determine basic child support. In addition to basic child support, the formula allows for add-on expenses. Together, basic child support and add-on expenses equal total child support, which is the amount the paying parent owes each month.

You Should Know: About Your Day in Court

Tips about how to plan for your day in court, especially if you need to go alone without a lawyer.

Article 103 Self-Help Divorce Forms

This resource lets you fill out the forms required for an "Article 103" Divorce in Louisiana. Answer a few questions about yourself and your case to get a complete packet of forms and filing instructions.

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