As a family-oriented law firm, Sudduth & Associates, LLC understands that legal matters involving family can be emotionally tense and painful. Whether you are about to file for divorce from your spouse or seek a restraining order, you deserve to be treated with empathy during this time. We can handle the legal paperwork, investigations, and court proceedings so you have the space you need to process and decompress. Our client lawyer reviews speak to just how committed our team is to serving your needs and making you feel comfortable before we proceed with your case.
Why Choose Our Lake Charles Family Lawyers
Our Lake Charles family law attorneys focus on in-court litigation and are passionate about securing your desired results, but we can also explore alternative options if you’d like to settle your family issues as efficiently as possible. To begin your journey to a better future for you and your family, reach out to our firm.
Call 1-833-SUDDUTH for a consultation with our team today, or contact us online for help with family law in Lake Charles. We offer our services in English and Spanish and strive to always be available to answer calls.
Family law matters can be filled with a lot of emotion and tension that many firms shy away from, but not Sudduth & Associates, LLC. We are passionate about helping families navigate their cases. Watch the video to learn more.
Over 100 Years of Collective Experience
Former Prosecutor Who Knows Both Sides of the Law
Long Roots in the Local Community
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Collaborative Approach to Your Case
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Though most people associate family law with divorce, our family law firm offers a wide range of services to aid you in your unique situation. Because of our commitment to our clients, we can assist you with all aspects of your case. Family-related legal matters can be personal and make you feel vulnerable. You can trust our lawyers to practice with discretion and give you the privacy and confidentiality you and your family deserve.
- Alimony & Spousal Maintenance
- Child Custody & Child Support
- Community Property
- Ex Parte
- Protective Orders
If having someone on your side that gives a 110% and delivers a quality product is important, then James Sudduth III comes with my highest personal recommendation.- Chris
If you're looking for an attorney to fight for you, call James.- Former Client
They truly care about the legal issues I face, and aren't just 'going through the motions.'- Ashley
His passion for helping people sets him apart from any other attorney in this area.- Sherese
Q:What’s the Difference Between a Divorce and Separation?
A:Divorces and legal separations are similar in that negotiations must still be made for both, especially if children are involved. However, where they differ is that after a divorce, a couple is no longer married, while spouses are still legally married after a separation. There are many reasons why a couple may decide to remain legally married, one being that there are notable tax and healthcare benefits for married couples. Some couples stay married if they believe there is a chance for reconciliation in the future.
Q:Can Child Support Amounts Be Changed?
A:Courts understand that life can be unpredictable, which is why it’s possible for parents to file an order of modification to change the amount of child support they have to pay each month. You can request both an increase and decrease in payments. One reason many parents ask for a decrease in the amount of child support is because they’ve lost their job.
Q:How Long Does It Take to Get Divorced in Louisiana?
A:No-fault divorces are granted in Louisiana after couples have filed a petition and then lived apart for 180 days or more if no children are involved, or for 365 days if there are minor children in the marriage. No-fault divorces are the most common form of divorce, but an at-fault divorce is favorable for couples who want to seek custody of their child or have a dispute with their spouse.
Q:How Is Child Custody Determined?
A:Despite the popular misconception that judges typically award child custody to the mother, courts always award custody based on the best interests of the children involved. The make the determination, courts examine a variety of factors, some of which include each parent’s ability to nurture and provide financially for their child, what the existing relationship is between each parent and child, the physical and mental health of each parent, and the child’s preference, if they are deemed old enough.