Louisiana Guide to Child Custody

Where to begin:

Child custody: Laws, rights & more
Child custody and divorce with kids in Louisiana. Legal and physical custody, how long your case may take, special circumstances, legal help and more.

Child support calculator
Learn how child support is paid and enforced and how to request a change to your order. Calculating your parenting time can make a difference.

Reaching an agreement:

Louisiana parenting plans
Learn about submitting a parenting plan in Louisiana. For joint custody, you should write a JCIP or specify a domiciliary parent. Try to reach agreement.

Custody and visitation schedules
Learn how to make a parenting time schedule in Louisiana, what happens if you don't have a schedule and why it's important to be organized.

Going to court:

Louisiana custody process: What to expect in court
The Louisiana custody process from start to finish: opening a case, going to a hearing officer conference, mediation, trial and more.

6 steps to filing for child custody in Louisiana
Follow these steps to start your Louisiana divorce or custody case. Learn what forms you need, how to serve papers and more.

Child custody trials in Louisiana: What to expect
How to prepare for a Louisiana child custody or divorce trial, including evidence you can submit and what to expect that day.

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