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Proposal would shorten divorce wait for parents


BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers are considering whether to shorten the wait to six months for a no-fault divorce when the married couple has children under 18.

Under existing law, such couples must live separate and apart for one year before they can get a divorce, unless there are certain special circumstances like domestic abuse. The longer waiting period doesn’t apply when couples have minor children from previous relationships.

A proposal advanced Tuesday to the full House for debate would reduce that separation requirement to six months. That would match the 180-day wait allowed for childless couples and couples with children 18