View Full Version : Divorce in absentia in 1970s/80s Louisiana?

12-11-2011, 07:32 AM
Okay, I have a specific question that I'm having trouble finding the answer to.

In my WIP, a woman left her husband in the early 1970s Louisiana and he never heard from her again. I don't really want him to have her declared dead (since she is alive) but he does fall in love with another woman.

Could he divorce her in absentia a few years after she leaves?

Ari Meermans
12-11-2011, 07:44 AM
Yes. I divorced in La. in 1975 after a 1-year required legal separation. The grounds in your MC's case would be "abandonment from bed and board".

L.C. Blackwell
12-11-2011, 07:46 AM
I'm not up on Louisiana law of forty years ago, but abandonment is usually considered grounds for divorce.

According to Yahoo!Answers, you can get an absentia divorce in Louisiana if you place ads in a requisite number of newspapers, thus satisfying the public notice requirement. If the other party still fails to respond, and cannot at all be served with papers, then the judge would most likely grant the divorce.

(And Ari answered while I was typing. :D)

12-11-2011, 07:55 AM
Thanks so much Ari and L.C.

I had searched and found it was possible now (probably the same post you saw, L.C.) but needed to know what it would have been like 30-40 years ago.