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Lafayette Family Law Services

Whether you’re considering divorce or have questions about child custody or support, the process can be stressful and challenging for all involved. At Southern Oaks, Family Law Attorney Taylor Fontenot understands the need to listen and empathize, while providing practical legal advice and high quality representation. He believes that good communication is key, and that addressing your issues proactively and with a clear mind leads to better results.

Southern Oaks offers a variety of family law services including divorce, custody, child support, and partition of community property. We are located in Lafayette, Louisiana and serve all of Acadiana.

Get the personal attention your family deserves.

“Taylor is a very firm attorney- he did everything he could do to help me out in my case with my son…he really made me feel like a friend instead of a client. I will tell anyone that needs help to call him.”  – D.R.

Frequently Asked Family Law Questions


Either party can ask the court to determine a variety of related matters including: child custody, visitation, and support; community property; spousal support; injunctive relief; and use and occupancy of the family home. Louisiana family law courts are mandated to award custody in accordance with the best interest of the child. Contact an attorney to find out what that means for you and your family.


In your divorce proceeding the family law court can order either, or both, parents to provide interim or final support for a child. The court will base its determination on the child’s needs and the ability of the parents to provide support. In general, an award can be modified for a material circumstantial change and will be terminated on proof it has become unnecessary.


Louisiana is a community property state. Meaning that, in general, both spouses to a marriage own an undivided one half interest in the community property (certain ownership restrictions apply). So the natural questions become: What is community property? How is it distinguished from other (separate) property? How do we divide the community property? These are not always easy questions – a Louisiana family law attorney should be able to answer these in a clear and concise manner. 


Louisiana law allows you to obtain a “no fault” divorce under certain circumstances. Unlike the laws of old, under this regime you do not have to prove that your spouse committed some prescribed wrong entitling you to a divorce. To obtain a Louisiana no fault divorce, you must live separate and apart from your spouse, without reconciling, for a set period – 180 or 365 days depending on whether minor children are involved and other factors. Following proper procedure is important, as multiple filings are required at certain times depending on your situation. ​

Still Have Family Law Questions?

Not sure what to do? Have questions about other issues such as spousal support, injunctions, or adoptions? Contact Lafayette Family Law Attorney Taylor Fontenot today to discuss your options.

The materials available at this web site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.