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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.

About Paternity

Find out about paternity in Louisiana. Why it's important to prove your child's paternity. How to prove paternity. How to fight a paternity suit.

Caring for a Relative's Child - The Kinship Care Subsidy Program

The Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) gives monthly cash to eligible people taking care of children who are related, but not their own. You can also listen to a sound recording of this resource.

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.

Custody and Visitation Rights for Grandparents

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

Families Helping Families Centers

Find the Families Helping Families Center nearest you. This non-profit helps families with members who have special needs.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Resource Guide

The resource is about custody, visitation, and other legal problems that face grandparents. This is about making child custody orders and parenting plans, modifying, and enforcing. It also including getting visitation for dealing with different family members like grandparents.

Guide to Relocation with Your Child

In Louisiana, changing the address where a child lives most of the time can be classified as a "relocation," and if the move is more than 75 miles away, the person moving the child may have to follow a special procedure before the relocation. This guide explains when Louisiana's relocation law applies and how the relocation procedure works.

How to Order Louisiana Birth Records

Louisiana is a "closed record" state. This means that birth and death certificates are not public records. All requests for birth or death certificates must include proper identification, appropriate fees, and a completed application.

Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP)

The Department of Children and Family Services’ Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) provides cash assistance of $450 per month for each eligible child who resides with a qualified relative other than a parent. A child may meet the eligibility requirements for both the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) and Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) but may only receive assistance in one program.

Modifying or Changing Child Custody Judgments in Louisiana

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.

Modify Prior Voluntary Transfer of Custody

Sample motion and consent order for use in a state district court, when both parents agree to change physical/legal custody of a minor child.

Registering Out-of-State Custody Judgments in Louisiana

Before a Louisiana court will change or enforce a custody judgment originally entered by an out-of-state court, the custody judgment must be registered with the appropriate Louisiana court. This resource gives a step-by-step explanation of how to register an out-of-state custody judgment.

Understanding Custody by Consent

This resource explains how a Court can approve a Consent Judgment when parents agree on the issue of custody and what the Court will consider in deciding whether to approve the agreement.

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