Domestic Violence Victims Can Now Get An Immediate Divorce
One of the state’s 551 laws that go into effect today will grant an immediate divorce in domestic violence situations.
New Orleans Sen. JP Morrell says even with ample evidence of domestic violence, a victim would still have to wait 6 months to a year to get a divorce.
“That’s obviously problematic, because until that divorce is granted, the abuser still has all the rights of a spouse,” said Morrell.
"Give everyone every possible chance to get out of those kinds of relationships and truly separate from those people for the good of both parties."
Morrell says now, if someone has reasonable proof that they’ve been abused and can show that in court, they will be able to divorce the abuser right away.
“Basically, (you’d bring) what you’d bring to a court to ask for a restraining order,” said Morrell. “Pictures, videos, threatening text messages.”
Morrell says also beginning today, abusers under a protective order are prohibited from possessing a firearm, and those convicted of domestic abuse are banned from possessing a firearm for 10 years.
He says Louisiana is one of the leaders in the nation when it comes to domestic violence situations that end in death, so one of the major goals of the 2014 session was to pass sweeping anti-domestic violence legislation.
“And just basically to give everyone every possible chance to get out of those kinds of relationships and truly separate from those people for the good of both parties,” said Morrell.