Does Louisiana have Jurisdiction for your divorce?

The filing spouse must be a resident for at least 12 months prior to filing. The divorce shall be filed in the parish in which either spouse resides.

If you have minor children living with your spouse in another state for over six months then you should consider filing in that state as that court has jurisdiction over the children. Your spouse can waive that jurisdiction in writing.


You should file the divorce in the county where you presently reside, or in the County where your spouse resides, if she lives in another County. You or your spouse must have a Louisiana address in the county where you are filing your divorce. Louisiana civilian residents living overseas may file in Louisiana if they have maintained their residency in Louisiana.