What do I need to know about Kentucky divorce laws?
Kentucky divorces are solely based on no-fault grounds. That means that you and your spouse may have irreconcilable differences that have caused a breakdown in your marriage that cannot be resolved. While Kentucky residents may no longer claim fault-based grounds for a divorce (such as infidelity, drug abuse, or physical abuse), these issues could still be very relevant to your case when determining the division of property and debts, as well as other issues like child custody, alimony, child support, and more. The state of Kentucky also requires that you be a resident of the state to file for divorce. The laws specifically state that at least one spouse must be a resident of the state for at least 180 days prior to filing a petition for dissolution of marriage. Most states have this rule to try and prevent certain situations where one spouse may move to another state to file for divorce in an effort to complicate proceedings.
What do I need to know about Kentucky child support and custody laws?
When it comes to matters of child custody, Kentucky follows a standard known as, "what's best for the child." This actually allows for two different forms of custody: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody is designed to designate who the child will live with on a regular basis, while legal custody determines which parent (or both) will be primarily responsible for making decisions for the child -- such as doctor appointments, school choices, etc. Child Support orders are typically based on a specific formula set out by law based on a variety of factors that include the income of both parents and the needs of the child. The formula may not always take into account special circumstances, such as children with special needs, or previous child support agreements. This is why it can be crucial for you to have an experienced attorney on your side to ensure that the needs of both you and your family are taken care of. If you or someone you love is in need of a trusted family law attorney, call Bland & Birdwhistell PLLC today and put our experience on your side.