Welcome to
Hillman Law Office, LLC

We focus on divorce, wills, successions &
other family matters.

We are experienced, friendly, and passionate about giving you the right legal advice.

About us

We are a family law firm in Covington, Louisiana serving St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. Unlike traditional law firms, we practice on a flat fee basis, which allows our clients to choose the level of service they need.

Legal Services


Let us help you make the right decisions for your family and move forward with confidence and less drama.


Call us to understand how your assets will be distributed under Louisiana law and what you can do to protect your estate.


When a family member dies assets will need to be transferred. We are experienced in handling small and large Louisiana successions.


We can help you navigate your intra-family, stepparent or third party adoption.

Marriage Contracts

Prenuptial agreements need to be considered by parties, especially when one of the parties already has children.

Marie Hillman


Marie is originally from Thibodaux, Louisiana and graduated from Tulane University with a BA in English in 1993. She then graduated from Loyola Law School in 1997. She was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1997 and began practicing family law in Covington in 1998. She is a certified family law mediator and a member of the Bar Association of the 22nd JDC and the Professional Women of St. Tammany. She is so proud to be a part of the law firm that her parents started in Louisiana over 45 years ago, and proud of the opportunity that it gives her to help others.


December 28, 2017
Louisiana Will

Do you have a will?

A will is very important to have ESPECIALLY if you are divorced or remarried, but there are other documents you really should have in place – […]
November 29, 2017
Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Are you a victim of domestic violence? What is domestic violence? I just met with an overwhelmed, scared wife and mother who told me about her […]
November 9, 2017
Divorce Custody Parenting

Need help with co-parenting?

Need help with co-parenting? Yes, there is an app for that! One of the biggest complaints I hear from divorced parents is that there is a […]
October 9, 2017

You CAN and WILL Survive!

I have had two clients both tell me recently that they are so relieved that they finally had the courage to file for divorce. One client’s […]
July 8, 2017

Should I Go Back to My Maiden Name After the Divorce?

The name you use is an essential part of your identity. It is how you are known and how you first introduce yourself to others. You […]
June 1, 2017

Traveling Internationally with Your Children

Are you traveling internationally with your child this summer?  If so, here is some important information for divorced parents and any parent traveling internationally with a […]
May 10, 2017

What would happen to your beloved pets if you died or were not able to care for them?

Have you ever considered what would happen to your beloved pets if you died or were not able to care for them? Many pet owners consider […]
April 12, 2017

How long does it take to get a divorce in Louisiana?

In Louisiana, you can get a divorce based solely on time spent living apart. You do not have to show, prove or even allege fault of […]
March 31, 2017

Legal Effects of Adultery in Louisiana

Adultery can destroy any relationship, and is one of the most devastating issues that my clients or anyone may be forced to deal with. When a […]
March 7, 2017

Who gets to claim the tax deduction for the children?

April is quickly approaching and that means – tax time – and here is the question I hear from many divorced people? “Who gets to claim […]
February 2, 2017

Does It Matter Who Files for Divorce First in Louisiana?

Many attorneys would tell you that there aren’t really any advantages to who files for divorce first; however, I think there are some advantages that should […]
January 25, 2017

Do You Have a Louisiana Will?

Do you have a Louisiana will? Do you need a Louisiana will? These are important questions to consider. A valid Louisiana will can not only legally […]
January 18, 2017
Louisiana Covenant Marriage

What is a Louisiana covenant marriage?

One of the first questions I have to ask when someone comes to me about a divorce is if they have entered into a Louisiana covenant […]
January 10, 2017
Relocating after divorce

Relocating with Kids During or After Divorce in Louisiana

A question that I am often asked during the divorce process when children are involved is – “What if I want to move somewhere else?” or […]
February 29, 2016

I hate divorce

This post is a little more personal than most, but here goes – I am a member of a Bible study. We are currently studying the […]
January 18, 2016

Your divorce is NOT a DIY project

I will be the first person to jump into a conversation about do it yourself projects. I am a DIY queen. In the past 6 months […]
October 12, 2015

Separating? – Who gets to stay in the house??

This is one of the toughest issues couples can face when separating, and unfortunately it is one of the first issues that most be decided.  If both parties […]
October 8, 2015

Say what?? What is my divorce lawyer talking about? Definitions to a few common legal terms

Legal terminology can be confusing.  Knowing the meaning of a few legal terms will make it easier to understand what is happening with your Louisiana divorce. […]
August 17, 2015

Getting married? Do you need a prenuptial agreement?

  A matrimonial agreement, what is typically referred to as a prenuptial agreement or prenup, is a contract establishing a regime of separation of property or […]
August 7, 2015

Benefits of a flat fee for your divorce

At Hillman Law Firm we have implemented a flat fee model for our clients for filing their divorce. This is a different way of practicing law […]
July 29, 2015

How long does child support continue in Louisiana?

  Everyone assumes that child support obligations automatically terminate when a child turns 18 but that is not necessarily the case. LA R.S. 9:315.22 provides for […]
July 20, 2015

Power of Attorney- Why EVERYONE should consider having one

Our lives rarely go as planned. This ONE document can make transitions during a crippling illness or accident much less daunting for everyone – IT is […]
July 8, 2015

Do I need a Louisiana will??

I get asked this a lot – in my office, at parties, funerals, walking the dog. It is something people are generally concerned about because they […]
July 1, 2015

In which parish do I file my Louisiana divorce?

A divorce action in Louisiana must be brought in either the parish where one of the parties is domiciled or the parish of the last matrimonial […]

Flat Fee Pricing

During the initial consultation we will go over the flat fee pricing schedule and what it includes and does not include. Flat fees for wills, successions, pre-nuptial agreements and other services will be discussed at the consultation and will vary depending on complexity of issues and needs of clients.

  • $150 Initial Consultation Fee
  • Flat fee prices do not include court costs.
  • Clients pay their own court costs directly to St. Tammany Clerk of Court
  • Court fees must be paid in advance.
What is the status of your divorce?

102 vs 103 Divorces

Under Louisiana Civil Code art. 102, a spouse may seek a divorce by filing a petition and then living separate and apart for 365 days if there are minor children or 180 days. After the time period required for living separate and apart passes, then either party can file to have the judgment of divorce granted.

Under Louisiana Civil Code art. 103 allows spouses that have been living separate and apart for the required time in La. C.C. art. 103.1 to file for divorce and begin the divorce proceedings without having to file and then wait for the time delay to pass. Keep in mind, however, the time delays must still be met, whether 365 or 180 days.

What is an HOC?

HOC stand for Hearing Officer Conferences

When there are issues involving custody, visitation, support, etc. a mandatory hearing officer conference is scheduled in an attempt to assist the parties in negotiating a settlement before their trial date. The hearing officers are officers of the court with authority to make decisions in the case.

This page is intended to give prospective clients a general idea of pricing and is not intended to be a binding agreement or offer. Prices may be changed by Hillman Law Office, LLC at any time.

What are clients are saying ...


  • I had a great experience with Marie! She was very genuine and kind and guided me through a divorce that ended quickly and fairly. I would recommend Marie Hillman as a family attorney because she is very knowledgeable about the law, considers all options, and most importantly, is compassionate throughout the whole experience!
    A. B.
  • Marie went above and beyond my expectations while handling my divorce. She made an uncomfortable process feel less frightening and not as difficult to cope with as I first imagined. She handled my case with complete professionalism and was extremely punctual and thorough in answering all of my questions and completing the process. I would highly recommend Marie to anyone going through this delicate situation.

Get in touch with us

Our address

222 N. Vermont St.
Covington, LA 70433

Hillman Law Office, LLC

Family lawyers focusing on divorces, wills, successions, and other family matters

Call us: (985) 302-0813


We look forward to speaking with you.