Need legal help for divorce and court for a abused spouse.

Asked over 1 year ago - Leesville, LA

I have a niece who has been abused. She left VA and came to live with me for her safety. Now her husband has stopped tp pay the rent in Virginia and the landlord has done a Abandonment letter and the Court Date is the 14 May in Virginia. We have called a lawyer and we got told that she has to wait 6 month and that they can't help her with court date. I don't understand why we can't find anybody that can help us. Doesn't louisiana has any laws to protect this abused spouse and can help her so she doesn't have to go to Virginia!! I hope you can point me at the right direction.

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  1. Veleka Eskinde

    Contributor Level 11

    Answered . First, she did the best thing by putting miles between herself and the abuser. Now based in what you provided, it appears your niece has three separate issues. One, if she was married in VA, she must get divorced in VA. Two, Although I am not familiar with VA divorce law, it sounds as if the advice you were given was for her to wait 6 months before filing for divorce. In LA we have a comparable period for a divorce (living separate and apart 180 days prior to filing, under the present circumstances), so if that is the advice you were given, it sounds about right. As for the third issue, she has constructively vacated the premises and has left the state with no apparent intention to return to the leased premises, and her spouse no longer is paying rent. Hence, the landlord has the right to reclaim the property due to the breach of the lease agreement. Also, Louisiana and other states practice a doctrine called "full faith and credit" which means that if you were married in one state, Louisiana will recognize the marriage from Virginia. However, a divorce is different. She has to make at least an appearance in the state she wed, via attorney or otherwise. However, assuming she consulted for a divorce, and if she just left, she will have to wait the allotted time before filing for divorce. Good Luck.

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