A Kentucky divorce, or dissolution of marriage, can be filed by either spouse to end the marital relationship. Upon completion of a Kentucky divorce, the parties are restored back to single status. The court will also issue any necessary orders for child support and custody, alimony (spousal support) and the division of community and separate assets and debts. LegalZoom can assist you in the document preparation and filing for your uncontested Kentucky divorce without the expense of an attorney.
Types of Divorce in Kentucky
Simplified Divorce / Settlement Agreements
To promote amicable settlement of disputes between married parties upon their separation or the dissolution of their marriage, the parties may enter into a written separation agreement. Such an agreement becomes part of a divorce in Kentucky and may contain provisions for maintenance of either party, disposition of any property owned by either of them, and custody, support and visitation of their children.
In a proceeding for dissolution of marriage or for legal separation, the terms of the separation agreement, except those providing for the custody, support, and visitation of children, are binding upon the court unless it finds, after considering the economic circumstances of the parties and any other relevant evidence produced by the parties (on their own motion or on request of the court), that the separation agreement is unconscionable.
Alternatives to Divorce in Kentucky
A legal separation can be filed by a married person who wishes to maintain the marriage but physically separate and try to resolve any problems in the marriage. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage is the only grounds for legal separation (or divorce from bed and board) in Kentucky. The spouse filing for legal separation must have been a resident (or a member of the armed services stationed in Kentucky) for 180 days prior to filing.
An annulment is sought in order to nullify the marriage and disavow its existence, returning the parties to their prior single status (as if they were never married). Spouses can?t receive an annulment through mutual agreement. The Court must independently allow an annulment.