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Family Court


All cases involving minor children

Honorable David A. Blanchet Division H
Honorable Charlie Fitzgerald, Division M

Divorce cases without minor children

Honorable John D. Trahan Division A
Honorable Jules D. Edwards Division B
Honorable Edward B. Broussard Division C
Honorable Edward Rubin Division D
Honorable Michelle M. Breaux Division E
Honorable David M. Smith Division F
Honorable Laurie A. Hulin Division G
Honorable Thomas R. Duplantier Division I
Honorable Kristian Earles Division J
Honorable Patrick Michot Division K
Honorable Marilyn Castle Division L


Adoptions are randomly alloted to the 13 District Judges listed above.

Hearing Officers

PLEASE NOTE:  The offices of Hearing Officers Randall, Eller and Doguet have temporarily moved to 202 West Main Street, Lafayette, Louisiana (across from the Lafayette Parish Courthouse on the corner of West Main and Buchanan Streets), due to scheduled remodeling of the third floor of the Lafayette Parish Courthouse.  Please appear at that location for Conferences with those Hearing Officers unless notified otherwise.  Telephone numbers and mailing address remain the same.    

Vanessa Randall
Shawn Eller
Dennis Bundick
Andre' Doguet

 Family Court System

Overview of the 15th Judicial District Court Hearing Officer System: 

 Hearing Officers Conferences

Amendments to 15th JDC Family Court Rules

On June 1, 2015, the Louisiana Supreme Court amended Title IV of the District Court Rules by adopting uniform rules for Family Courts.  These rules contain a number of appendices that include existing local rules of the various Judicial Districts.  A link to a complete set of the rules and appendices can be found on the Supreme Court Website at:

The 2015 amendment to Appendix 23.0D, Hearing Officer Conference and Information Order, for the 15th JDC can be viewed by clicking this link     

Summary of 2015 Amendments to Title IV Appendices of the 15th Judicial District can be viewed by clicking this link  

2015 Amendments to Title IV Appendices of the 15th Judicial District can be viewed by clicking this link  

On May 23, 2018, Louisiana Civil Code Art. 132, was amended to provide that the court is to award custody in accordance with the parents’ agreement unless the provisions of the Post Separation Family Violence Relief Act (R.S. 9:364, et seq.) apply.  Accordingly, the Court is required to inquire into whether there is a history of domestic violence between the parents in all custody matters.  To assist attorneys and parties who are submitting custody judgments by consent or stipulation, this Court has developed Appendix 25.0 to Title IV of the Rules for District Courts to be submitted with all stipulated or consent custody judgments which can be viewed by clicking this link.

 Family Court Intervention "KIDS FIRST" Substance Abuse Assessment Program

Family Court has developed a program to assess whether parents and custodians of minor children have a substance abuse issue.  The program involves a screening process to determine whether an assessment for substance use disorder is warranted.  The Court has developed the following forms to be used in conjunction with this program.

Family Court Intervention "KIDS FIRST" - Order for Drug Testing, Screening and/or Assessment

Family Court Intervention "KIDS FIRST" - Order Implementing Recommendations, for Monitoring and Costs

Family Court Intervention "KIDS FIRST" Handbook

Family Court Topics of Interest

Family Court -— Practice Pointers

Family Court -— Ex Parte Custody Orders

Family Court -— Community Property Partitions

Family Court -— Protective Orders

Family Court -----Temporary Restraining Orders (other than Title 46)  

Links and Additional Resources

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