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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.

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.

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.

Lousiana Expungement Eligibility

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.

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.

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