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Louisiana Divorce Records before 1930

Louisiana Divorce Records before 1930

Posted: 8 May 2012 4:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Does anyone know where I would be able to find Louisiana divorce records around or before 1930? And if they cost anything?

Thanks

Re: Louisiana Divorce Records before 1930

Posted: 17 May 2012 3:07AM GMT
Classification: Query
Divorce records would be at the Clerk of Court's office in the parish where the divorce took place. I think the price would depend on the individual court's policy.

Re: Louisiana Divorce Records before 1930

Posted: 2 Oct 2012 3:46AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 2 Oct 2012 3:47AM GMT
Good luck.

I have several relatives who "divorced" in the late 1800's and early 1900's, but none of them bothered with filing any paperwork.

Up until some point in Louisiana, not sure when the law changed, but I've heard that there were two ways to get a divorce; one was to get an act of the state legislature and the other was to desert your spouse and move out of state for a period of time.

From my own geneaology, it appears that there was a 3rd method - just declare yourself "divorced" or "widowed" even if your spouse was still alive and kicking and living in the next parish. I have seen this technique used on the 1940 census. Luckily, all the cases in the 1940's census were just living apart - no one was married to a 3rd party.

Re: Louisiana Divorce Records before 1930

Posted: 4 Oct 2012 4:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 4 Oct 2012 4:33PM GMT
can't depend on census records
1910 census ancestor was divorced, 1920- she was a widow/
did not remarry raising 2 children living with her parents.
women in general were looked down upon as easy when they were divorced.
I think that is why on one census they are divorced and another they are widow
or they were never divorced in the first place. Think it is called "separation of bed and board"?, usually it is filed in a court if a women wanted to keep her money and not be responsible for his debts and x was a no good cheat.
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