Louisiana House Bill Seeks to Cut Divorce Wait in Half.

House Bill 136

On Tuesday (4/18/17), a Louisiana House committee advanced House Bill 136 to shorten the wait time to get a divorce from one year to six months, in no-fault divorces of couples with children. In 2006, Gov. Kathleen Blanco signed a measure extending the waiting period to one year. The purpose of the legislation was to slow down the divorce process, giving spouses an opportunity to “cool off” and seek reconciliation. The House Civil Law and Procedure committee first tried to kill House Bill 136 but that failed on a 3 to 5 vote. The committee then voted without objection to advance the bill to the full House for consideration.


Voting to involuntarily defer HB136 (3): Chairman Ray Garofalo, R-Chalmette; Reps. Greg Cromer, R-Slidell; and Julie Emerson, R-Carencro. Voting for HB136 (5): Reps. Robby Carter, D-Amite; Randal Gaines, D-LaPlace; Sam Jenkins, D-Shreveport; Tanner Magee, R-Houma; and Gregory Miller, R-Norco. House Bill 136 will be sent to the House floor for a vote in the House of Representatives. Should it pass out of the House floor, it will then be sent to a Senate committee. The Russell Law firm will be providing updates on this bill as developments occur. In Need of a Baton Rouge Family Law Attorney?  Danny Russell is a divorce and family law attorney in the Baton Rouge area who has experience in dealing with a wide range of family law matters, such as divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, spousal support, and community property partitions. He knows divorce and family law in Louisiana and how courts usually side on family law matters. He will carefully assess those things most important to you, explain how the law applies to your circumstances, and help you make decisions that affect your relationships and financial stability. If you are in need of a Baton Rouge family law attorney, give the Russell Law Firm, LLC a call.

By: Danny Russell, Esq.

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