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Family Law Attorney

In many ways, family law is the most difficult area of the law. Dealing with issues of divorce, child custody, child support, alimony and domestic violence claims is stressful and often traumatic. Attorney Charles Branton understands the implicit sensitivity of family law issues and strives to deliver the highest quality legal care coupled with a sense of compassion.

Charles Branton has been practicing family law for over 30 years and is well versed in family law matters. He has a proven track record negotiating settlements, handling mediations, and exercising a collaborative approach designed to help families during trying times. Charles Branton is well known in the Northshore communities and was recognized by New Orleans City Business as one of the top 50 lawyers in the region. He can advise you on all aspects of family law.

Clients of Branton Law Firm are considered part of the family. Every new client receives a free initial consultation, and discounted services are considered on a case-by-case basis for those who qualify.

Let attorney Charles Branton help you navigate the following areas of family law:

Charles Branton serves clients in St. Tammany, Washington, Jefferson, and Orleans Parish and services clients who reside in Covington, Slidell, Madisonville, Mandeville, New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, Harahan, Gretna, Pearl River, Lacombe, Folsom, Hammond, Abita Springs, Bush, Franklinton, Bogalusa, Sun and other Northshore and Metro New Orleans areas.

Contact Branton Law Firm today and set-up your free family law consultation.


Divorce Representation

Not all divorces are a battle, but all divorces do require a lawyer. No matter the specifics of your divorce, the right lawyer can guide you through hurdles such as property ownership rights, name changes, fault vs. no-fault divorce, and more. When you work with an experienced legal professional you are no longer burdened with the responsibility of understanding complex legal issues on your own.

Charles Branton’s decades of experience in family law and his status as a Louisiana State Bar Association-certified mediator provide a level of experience and expertise that few lawyers possess.  His knowledge of family law and mediation issues can be put to work for you.

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Congratulations on your decision to adopt: it’s a heartwarming choice that will bring you joy for the rest of your life. However, adoption isn’t just an emotional process – it’s a legal process, too, and comes with built-in issues like birth parent rights, open versus closed, and much more. You’ll need the right adoption attorney in your corner to guide you through the ins-and-outs of adoption law. Whether you’re adopting domestically or abroad, an infant or a teenager, you can rest easy with Branton Law Firm as your legal support. Learn more >

Paternity and Father’s Rights

Charles Branton is a Northshore Father’s Rights Attorney who has assisted both fathers and mothers in this area of the law for over 30 years. Whether you are the father or mother seeking to establish paternity of a child, you can rely on Charles Branton to provide prompt, qualified, and aggressive legal help. Learn more >

Child Custody

Our complex legal system can jeopardize your right to see the most precious people in the world: your children. Child custody is an emotional issue, which makes it difficult for parents to think objectively while navigating the custody process. That’s why it’s important to hire a child custody lawyer with extensive experience in family law. We know you have an uncompromising commitment to your family, and so does attorney Charles Branton. Learn more >

“Mr. Branton has handled my family’s legal matters in a caring and competent manner. He explains everything and is compassionate to the matters at hand. I highly recommend Mr. Branton for legal counsel.”

Kelly B.

Child Support

You can’t raise a child on love alone. It takes financial support to give your child the best you can offer, from a solid education to healthy food and clean clothes. If you’ve gone through a divorce or other situation that requires child support, you want to get every penny possible to ensure a bright future for your child. Charles Branton has an impeccable reputation in the Covington and Northshore family law communities. Learn more >

Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements offer protection and ensure well-being for both you and your partner. Having a legal eye on your prenuptial agreement is the first key step in getting what you want and need whether in court or in your marriage. Learn more >


DCFS/Juvenile Defense

When your child faces legal trouble you need an expert juvenile lawyer to help work through the turmoil. Whether your child or teenager is facing criminal allegations such as vandalism, truancy, theft, or more serious issues like assault or underage drinking, rest assured that Branton Law Firm will fight to preserve your child’s promising future. Learn more >

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is one of the most difficult areas of family law. Charles Branton’s in-depth experience with domestic violence issues gives him a critical advantage when handling your case. He has spent many years representing clients in both civil and criminal proceedings involving domestic violence and domestic abuse battery. Learn more >

Spousal Support & Alimony

When the earning power between spouses is not equal—whether because one spouse has stayed home to raise children and is not presently in the workforce, or because one spouse has a higher paying job than the other—there is a need for continued financial assistance for one of the parties after a divorce. Let Charles Branton navigate this complicated process for you. Learn more >

Marital Contracts
Learn your rights and secure your future – no matter what happens in your marriage.

Marital contracts like prenuptial agreements have both benefits and limitations. Whether you’ve signed a prenuptial agreement, postnuptial agreement, or any other kind of marital contract, we can guide you through complex legal issues like marital assets, rights to last names, property ownership rights, and much more. Learn more >

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Louisiana Family Law

1. I am getting divorced. Do I need an attorney?
Normally, it is smart to consult with a family attorney about such major life events and changes as divorce, custody, and community property. At the Branton Law Firm, we will protect your rights as well as the rights of your children. We keep current with the law concerning marriage, divorce, property, custody, visitation and support.

2. How can I find and evaluate an attorney?
One of the best ways to find an attorney is a referral from someone who has used the attorney. Charles Branton has been representing individuals in the St. Tammany and Washington Parish area for more than 30 years. You should look at the experience of the attorney and whether family law is the primary area of his or her practice. Looking at a retainer alone or an hourly rate by itself is not a good strategy for trying to get the best attorney to handle your case.

3. What are the legal grounds for obtaining a divorce in Louisiana?
Please see the segment on divorce law. There are fault based and no fault based grounds for divorce. Fault based grounds for divorce include adultery, abuse, domestic violence, and conviction of a felony. Non fault bases for divorce usually revolve around a time period for marriages in which there are minor children and the time period for marriages in which there are no minor children.

4. How is property divided in a divorce?
The spouses are always free to divide property as they see fit. However, Louisiana is a community property state. Unless there is a prenuptial agreement or a postnuptial agreement rejecting the laws on community property, property acquired during the marriage by the efforts of either spouse is normally considered community property. Property that is inherited or specifically given to one of the spouses is normally considered separate property. These can be very complex issues.

5. How do Courts determine who gets custody of children in a divorce?
In Louisiana, the Courts will normally accept any agreement of the parties. However, many significant custody disputes are litigated every year. The legal standard is considered “The best interest of the child.” The Court will look at numerous factors.


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