Louisiana State Divorce Code (Civil Code 103) (legis.state.la.us)
Louisiana allows couples to choose which laws will govern their divorce in the event the marriage ends. This choice is made before the marriage ceremony takes place and the couple may choose between a simple no-fault divorce or what is called a “covenant marriage“.
If they choose the no fault option, they must still wait the designated separation period before the divorce can proceed and they are not able to allege additional ground in the event that a divorce does occur.
Should they choose the covenent marriage, both parties must agree to pre-marital counseling and have limited grounds to choose from in the event the marriage goes sour.
At-Fault Grounds (Covenant Marriage):
Residency: Filing party must have been a resident continuously for 1 year or more prior to filing.
Legal Separation Recognized? Yes.
Counseling Requirements: The Court may require parents to attend parental education classes in the event of a custody dispute.
Property Distribution: Louisiana is a community property state. You and your spouse may influence the distribution of marital property by creating a separate agreement; otherwise, the court will distribute the property equally.
Alimony: Alimony may be awarded to either party and is at the discretion of the judge.
Also See: Louisiana Marriage Laws