IMPORTANT FAMILY LAW STATUTES

Domicile, Venue, and Jurisdiction

Domicile

Domicile is the parish that a person treats as his or her permanent home, or lives in and has a substantial connection with.  Some ways to establish domicile include what address is listed on a person’s driver’s license, what address is listed on utility bills where a person lives, and general ties to the community.  For example, if someone works in Texas for two weeks and stays in a hotel or trailer paid for by their employer, and that same person comes “home” to Louisiana for one week, Louisiana is their domicile.

Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction is the court’s official power to make legal decisions and judgments.  To be able to have a domestic case in Louisiana, such as divorce, one spouse much have established and maintained a residence in a parish of this state for at least six months.  If these provisions do not apply to you or your case, please look for an attorney in the state in which you live.

Venue

If both spouses live in Louisiana but in different parishes, the case can be brought in the parish where either party lives.  If at least one spouse lives in Louisiana, the case can be brought either in the parish of residence or in the parish of the last matrimonial domicile.  Generally speaking, if the Firm is filing suit on behalf of a client, we will file the suit in the parish where our client lives, just to keep things convenient for our client.

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