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How can I manage a Kentucky divorce?

Many people with experience in relationships will say that deciding who you marry is the most important choice you will ever make. This may feel especially true during a divorce, as the wrong person can cause a lot of heartache and trouble toward the end. Fortunately, getting a divorce in Kentucky is not necessarily the most difficult experience you will have to encounter.

Does a divorce have to be the fault of one spouse or the other?

Kentucky is one of several states with a "no fault" divorce statute, so neither spouse has to prove the wrongdoing of the other in order to get a divorce decree. This means that the grounds for a divorce may simply be a spouse affirming that the marriage is broken beyond repair.

What are the requirements of a divorce in Kentucky?

Beyond the spouse's affirmation, the court also requires the initial fee for filing the divorce application. One spouse must be a resident of Kentucky for six months before filing, as well as be recognized as a resident of the county in which they filed for divorce. A court will not approve a divorce until the spouses have been separated for two months.

How does the court manage divorce filings?

A judge receives the case and reviews any motions, such as a fee waiver or emergency child support orders. A provisional hearing may be required to work these issues out.

Do I require an attorney?

A person may stand for their own interests, but an attorney is often recommended when looking at a divorce proceedings. A lawyer can work out a lot of the details around the important parts of ending a marriage.

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