Family Law

Rebecca Kirk is a 1980 graduate of LSU’s Paul M. Herbert Law Center and a former legal services attorney. She currently practices family law at Diane A. Sorola & Associates in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Maggie Trahan Simar is the Family Court Hearing Officer for the 16th Judicial District Court Family Court, Parish of St. Martin. In this position, she hears and make recommendations on all family court litigation including custody, child support, community property, spousal support, non-support proceedings, and protective orders. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Louisiana State University and her JD from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert School of Law. In her spare time, she volunteers for many non-profit organizations in her community including the Junior League of Lafayette, Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Foundation, Lafayette Bar Association, Lafayette Bar Foundation, Krewe of Xanadu, and Maddie’s Footprints. She is also an active Editorial Board member on the Louisiana Bar Journal and a House of Delegates member for the 16th Judicial District. She is married with two children, Kade and Becca, who are currently attending LSU.  

Maggie would like to acknowledge the eight judges of the Sixteenth Judicial District with whom she feels honored to work beside to enhance the families in the judicial district. She also would like to acknowledge her mother, Mitzi, her father, Mike, and her stepmother, Debbie, for teaching her the value of hard work and compassion. Finally, she would like to thank her husband and children for their love, support ,and neverending laughs, and she wants her kids to know that she is very proud to be Kade and Becca’s mom!

Tobie Lynn Tranchina is an assistant clinical professor teaching the Family Law section at the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She has published on the area of non-parent visitation rights in the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law. She authors the Family Law chapter of the Louisiana Practice Series Civil Practice Forms Book. Before joining the clinical faculty, she was a sole practitioner in the areas of family law, successions, and interdictions. She is also a qualified domestic mediator. She received her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2017 where she graduated magna cum laude, was a member of the Journal of Public Interest and a Student Practitioner in both the Children’s Rights and Family Law Sections of the Loyola Law Clinic.  She also received the 2017 Association for Women Attorneys New Orleans Outstanding Family Law Student Award.  Prior to entering law school, she was a Jefferson Parish Public School teacher.

The material in Sections 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 of this chapter is current through April 26, 2022. The material is Sections 3, 4, 5, 9, and 10 of this chapter is current through June 21, 2023.

Disclaimer: The articles in the Gillis Long Desk Manual do not contain any legal advice.