Information and Resources for Women About Adoption
General information and resources for women about adoption from the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in Louisiana?
The time required to get a divorce in Louisiana depends on whether a spouse seeks a fault-based or no-fault divorce. For a no-fault divorce, the time required depends on whether there are minor children of the marriage.
Child Welfare Services in Louisiana
Child welfare services in Louisiana are provided by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). These services include foster care, adoption, family preservation, and family reunification services. They also provide services to help strengthen families, such as in-home counseling, parenting education and support, and other supportive services. DCFS also provides home visits and assessments to ensure the safety and well-being of children in Louisiana.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Resource Guide
The resource is about custody, visitation, and other legal problems that face grandparents.
Louisiana's Safe Haven Law- Giving Care of Your Newborn to the State
Parents have a safe and legal way to give the care of their newborn to the state, without fear of criminal prosecution. The parent can seek to reclaim parental rights within 30 days by contacting the local DCFS office.
About Getting A Name Change After Divorce
This resource explains the name change process after a divorce.
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.
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.
Child Custody and Juvenile Court Jurisdiction
When there is an open juvenile court case, a parent or guardian should know that the district court judge deciding a divorce or custody case may have limited power to make orders relating to the child who is subject to the juvenile court case. As this article explains, the juvenile court judge will still have the power to make orders relating to custody in certain kinds of cases.
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Differences in Landlord-Tenant Law in Louisiana
Residential rentals are governed by the Uniform Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (URLTA) in many states. Not Louisiana. Here are several important ways landlord-tenant law is different in Louisiana.
Financial Assistance For Caring For A Relative's Child - The Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP)
A relative must obtain legal guardianship of the child if the relative is responsible for the child's physical and emotional needs, as well as for making important decisions about the child's care.
Introduction to Successions
This resource includes issues around wills, successions, and other estate issues. After a person's death, people must go through the succession process. There are general property successions and small property affidavit successions. Small property affidavit successions can avoid some burdensome processes and other fees. Find information for the type of property included and where to file the succession.
Replacing Lost Documents
This resource provides information on how to go about replacing documents lost, destroyed, or damaged during a disaster.
Family and Medical Leave Rights
This resource answers some common questions about the Family and Medical Leave Act, an important federal law.
Getting a Divorce
Information you need to know about getting a divorce in Louisiana in FAQ format. Includes a narrated video.