Louisiana Civil Code

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TITLE II - STATUS

Art. 3519. The status of a natural person and the incidents and effects of that status are governed by the law of the state whose policies would be most seriously impaired if its law were not applied to the particular issue.

That state is determined by evaluating the strength and pertinence of the relevant policies of the involved states in the light of: (1) the relationship of each state, at any pertinent time, to the dispute, the parties, and the person whose status is at issue; (2) the policies referred to in Article 3515; and (3) the policies of sustaining the validity of obligations voluntarily undertaken, of protecting children, minors, and others in need of protection, and of preserving family values and stability. [Acts 1991, No. 923, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1992]

Art. 3520. A. A marriage that is valid in the state where contracted, or in the state where the parties were first domiciled as husband and wife, shall be treated as a valid marriage unless to do so would violate a strong public policy of the state whose law is applicable to the particular issue under Article 3519.

B. A purported marriage between persons of the same sex violates a strong public policy of the state of Louisiana and such a marriage contracted in another state shall not be recognized in this state for any purpose, including the assertion of any right or claim as a result of the purported marriage. [Acts 1991, No. 923, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1992; Acts 1999, No. 890, 1]

Art. 3521. A court of this state may grant a divorce or separation only for grounds provided by the law of this state. [Acts 1991, No. 923, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1992]

Art. 3522. Unless otherwise provided by the law of this state, the effects and incidents of marriage and of divorce with regard to an issue are governed by the law applicable to that issue under Article 3519. [Acts 1991, No. 923, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1992]

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