What are the requirements for filing for divorce in Kentucky?

On Behalf of | Oct 11, 2017 | Family Law |

It can be very difficult for a Danville resident to assess their marriage and determine that they would be better off ending their relationship. This process can be made even more complex if the individual is a parent to minor children and must prepare to support them as they break the legal bonds that unite them with their spouse.

This post will provide readers with a very brief overview of what requirements a person must meet in order to file for divorce in the state. However, it is important that individuals contemplating divorce discuss their cases with family law attorneys to understand the unique complexities that they may face that deviate from normal cases.

First, if a person wants to file for divorce in Kentucky, then they must have some residential attachment to the state. Either through residency or being stationed in Kentucky as a member of the armed services can qualify a person; individuals should verify that their residences will permit them to use the state’s courts to end their marriages.

Next, individuals must file the appropriate pleadings to initiate their divorce proceedings. In Kentucky, parties to a divorce may proceed on no fault grounds, which means that their marriage is irretrievably broken and that reconciliation is not possible. There is a filing fee that must accompany a party’s petition for divorce.

Finally, people pursuing divorce must live apart from their spouses for at least sixty days in order for their divorces to be finalized. These very straightforward requirements may suggest that divorce is a simple legal process, but, in truth, the opposite may be the case. Depending upon a couple’s financial situation, the presence of children in their marriage, and the extent and types of property that they own may make a divorce a lengthy, complicated endeavor best taken on with the support of a trusted attorney.

Source: FindLaw, “Kentucky Divorce Laws,” accessed September 19, 2017

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