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What is the basic divorce process in Kentucky?

There may come a time in your marriage when you feel like things are at an end. Regardless of what has led to this decision, your next step is to file for divorce in a Kentucky court. This process can be confusing, so knowing how to do it can help make things easier for you. After all, divorce is a tough enough situation for anyone.

The Legal Aid Network of Kentucky explains that you may file for divorce at any time as long as you have lived in the state for at least the previous six months. You must file in the county in which you live. This is a no-fault state meaning you do not have to prove anything to get a divorce or otherwise chose the grounds for your divorce. 

Your divorce cannot be finalized until you are separated for 60 days. If you were separated before you filed, then that counts toward the 60-day requirement. 

You will file for your divorce with the family court in your county. The judge reviews the paperwork you provide and may make some preliminary rulings, such as temporary child support or custody. The court then starts making decisions on things such as property division unless you have come to an agreement with your spouse. The court also decides custody. You may have some say if you and your spouse can agree on the arrangements. Once all the details are decided, the court issues a final ruling and the divorce is granted. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

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