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Louisiana Child Custody

During a Louisiana divorce, the divorce court will determine child custody by what's in the best interest of the child. Factors considered by the Louisiana divorce court when deciding child custody include:

  • Relationship between the child and each parent
  • Ability of the parent to give the child love, affection and spiritual guidance, as well as continue education and raising the child
  • Parent's ability to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care and material needs
  • Amount of time the child has lived in a stable environment and the desire to maintain it
  • Permanence of the existing or proposed custodial home
  • Moral fitness of the parents - if it affects the child's welfare
  • Health of everyone involved
  • Home, school and community history of the child
  • Reasonable preference of the child, if he or she is mature enough to express a preference
  • Willingness and ability of each parent to encourage a continuing relationship between the child and other party
  • Distance between the parents' residences
  • Parents' history of taking part of the responsibility for the care and raising of the child

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The above synopsis of Louisiana divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Louisiana divorce lawyer in your area.

Louisiana divorce laws were last updated July 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.