Divorce, Custody, Child Support - Frequently Asked Questions

The following information is provided by the Ruston divorce attorneys at Goff and Goff for general information purposes. The law changes daily and there nearly always are exceptions to every rule. Additionally, the results always change based on the particular circumstances of any given situation.  

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How long do I have to stay separated from my spouse before I can get divorced?

If there are no minor children of the marriage, generally the couple must stay separated for 6 months.  If the couple has minor children, then the separation period is one year. However, there are some limited exceptions that may shorten the separation period.  

My spouse has cheated on me. What are my rights?

How much child support does my spouse have to pay?

Who gets to live in the house while we are separated?

Does my spouse have to pay me alimony (periodic spousal support)?

I put my spouse through school and he now wants a divorce. Can I get my money back?

How can I keep my spouse from running off with all the money after I move out?

If we agree on everything, do we still have to go to court?

Can both me and my spouse hire the same attorney in order to save money?

Does my spouse get part of what I had before we got married?

What is community property? Separate property?

If my spouse hires an attorney, do I have to have one too?

If my spouse won't let me see the kids, do I still have to pay child support?

What if my spouse and I want to resolve the matter out of court?


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