Divorce Residency Essentials to Get Divorce in Kentucky
To file for divorce in the state of Kentucky, either of the spouses must have been a resident of the state for a minimum of 180 days. If one of the parties is in the military and stationed in Kentucky, that presence must have been maintained for at least 180 days prior to filing for divorce. More information about residency will be available once you begin your online divorce process.
Reasons for Divorce in Kentucky
The only acceptable grounds for divorce in the state of Kentucky is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
Custody of the Children in Kentucky
In Kentucky, child custody is determined based on the best interests of the child or children. The parents may decide to prepare an agreement on either joint or sole legal custody. The court may also decide to award joint or sole custody to the parents. Joint custody ensures that both parents have an equal say in the overall well-being of the child and can make major decisions in the child’s upbringing. It does not, however, mean that each parent will have equal time with each child.
Custody decisions will take into account the wishes of the parents, and when the child is sufficiently mature, it will take into account the wishes of the child too. Other factors considered in custodian decisions include the bond between the child, siblings, parents and the child’s adjustment to school, church, household and community.
Kentucky Child Support Guidelines
Standard Kentucky child support guidelines apply in nearly every case, barring exceptional circumstances. The gross incomes of both parents and child-related expenses are taken into consideration to calculate a fair child support payment. Support will normally continue until the child reaches age 18 but may be extended through the end of secondary education.
The dissolution action, including divorce without a lawyer, should be initiated in the county where the spouses lived as husband and wife.
While a divorce without an attorney is pending, either of the spouses are eligible to file a motion to request mediation of any disputed actions. The parties are able to submit any or all disputed actions to mediation to allow the case to proceed to the court system as an undisputed divorce.
Court filing fees in the state of Kentucky are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorceSolutions.com. Filing fees may vary from county to county. Please contact your local courthouse to find out the exact amount.