Louisiana Divorce Records

Are Louisiana divorce records publicly accessible?

Divorce records are generally considered to be public information in Louisiana. However to protect the safety and privacy of the parties involved, especially children and the victims of violence or abuses, some information contained in a divorce record can be redacted or sealed so that it cannot be obtained randomly by anyone.

How to find a divorce record in Louisiana?

In order to find a divorce record in Louisiana, you will need to know the county or city the person is from. If you have this information, you can search for the county or city divorce records in the court of that place, either in-person or online. You can also search through a statewide database in the state court or other official government websites at the state level. Specifically, you can look up the divorce records in Louisiana at the websites below:

 

What information does a Louisiana divorce record contain?

You’ll see in a Louisiana divorce record the basic information related to the divorce, as well as the proof, that is the divorce certificate and decree. These are helpful when you are looking for information about someone’s past. You can find out if they have been married before, when they were divorced, how long their marriages lasted, and how they handled the breakups.

Usually, by searching a divorce record in Louisiana, you’ll get information about:

  • Names of both spouses
  • Date of marriage
  • Date of divorce
  • Asset division and custody arrangements
 

What are divorce certificates in Louisiana?

A Louisiana divorce certificate is a legal document that confirms the marriage has been legally terminated. It includes the basic information of the divorce (such as the date and location) as well as the parties involved (their names).It is not prepared by a court. Instead it is issued by the government body in Louisiana that keeps the records of divorce, and can be used as a simple proof of divorce. A Louisiana divorce certificate is a document that works in some limited uses: showing you’re single, applying for a name change, getting a passport or visa.

What are divorce decrees in Louisiana?

In Louisiana, a divorce decree is a legal document that is filed with the court and finalizes the divorce. It must include specific information about the spouses and their marriage, as well as any relevant information about property and children.

  • A grant of all property rights to each spouse;
  • A division of any property or debts acquired during the marriage;
  • An order for custody and visitation in regards to any children from the marriage;
  • An order for child support if one spouse will provide it to the other spouse.
 

There are a few different ways to access Louisiana divorce decrees. One way is to go to the court website and search for them. You can also request them from the clerks by mail, fax, or in person.