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Overview of Kentucky Divorce

Divorce can seem like the end of the world: it’s confusing, overwhelming, and fraught with uncertainty. Worst of all, it can feel like you’re going through the whole ordeal completely alone, which is surely one of the most depressing and painful feelings to feel during a divorce. And to top it off, divorce can involve a mountain of complex legal paperwork, confusing state laws, obscure legal procedures, and waiting periods.

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Like every state, Kentucky has specific state laws and regulations that you should know in order to obtain your divorce. So to help you prepare for your Kentucky divorce, we have prepared this brief summary of some of the most important, need-to-know facts for getting a divorce in Kentucky.

Residency Requirements

The first thing you should verify is if you satisfy Kentucky’s residency requirements. In order to get a divorce in Kentucky:

  • One spouse must have resided in Kentucky for at least six months;
  • After you have met this requirement and filed for divorce, you will need have lived apart from your spouse for 60 days before a judge will finalize your divorce. You can still live in the same house, but you must not have had sexual relations for sixty days.

Legal Grounds for Divorcing in Kentucky

Legal grounds are the reasons or reason for your divorce. There are two categories of grounds: no-fault and its opposite, fault, or what many states call “general” grounds. In a no-fault divorce, no one is to blame and the court does not consider who is at fault for the divorce. In a fault or general divorce, the court will consider who is to blame or is at fault for the divorce – and as such, they require evidence be submitted to the court. These are more complex and difficult cases, and are usually more time consuming and expensive.

Kentucky acknowledges only one no-fault ground for divorce:

  • Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage due to irreconcilable differences;

Kentucky does not consider any fault or general grounds for divorce.

Distribution of Property in a Kentucky Divorce

Kentucky is an equitable distribution state. When you divorce, the court will attempt to divide all of the assets and property that you acquired with your spouse while married – the marriage “estate” – in a fair and equitable manner. This doesn’t necessarily mean equally. It means according to what the court considers to be a “fair” distribution.

When considering how to divide your property between you and your spouse, the judge may consider things like how long you were married, how much or how little each spouse contributed to the marriage estate, your economic circumstances, and the overall value of the marital property.

Anything you acquired or owned before you were married is considered “separate” property and is not subject to division when you divorce.

Alimony and Financial Maintenance in Kentucky

The courts in Kentucky may decide that alimony or transitional financial support is necessary for one spouse to pay to the other. Often, the court will not award alimony if you have been married for less than 10 years. Sometimes the court will award transitional alimony if one spouse is reentering the work force or needs to move after the divorce.

Factors that the judge may consider when rendering its support decision include how long you were married, the ability of you and your spouse to pay support, how much money you could potentially make, and you and your spouse’s ages, your health, and the standard of living when you were married. The goal is to help both spouses reach a point of self-sufficiency in as short a time as possible.

Child Support & Custody in Kentucky

In all child support and custody decisions, the court will consider what is in the best interest of the child.

Child Support

The state of Kentucky calculates child support based on what is known as the Percentage of Income formula. The Percentage of Income formula simply takes the number of children that need support and applies a percentage the the paying parent’s income. Typically, the noncustodial parent pays support to the custodial parent. Support continues until the child graduates or turns 19.

You or your spouse may also be ordered to pay medical expenses or child care costs, as well as health insurance.

Child Custody

If you and your spouse cannot come to a mutual agreement concerning custody, the court in Kentucky may order joint or sole custody of any minor children. The court will consider factors such as the child’s age, its relationship to each parent, living arrangements, and any disruption custody may cause to the stability the child has in its home, school, and community.