You might think you know your spouse, but file a divorce, and watch how this spouse becomes a totally different person. Once the dust settles, you’ve lost a lot and the divorce bills demand to be paid. You could be in a financial or emotional wreck. But, if your spouse agrees with you on how to dissolve the marriage, you could spare yourself from this nightmare by filing for an uncontested divorce. Here's how to do it in Kentucky.
Talk to your spouse. If your spouse disagrees with you on major issues, you’ll be fighting a contested divorce. Your spouse may also agree with you on how to dissolve the marriage. In this case, file an uncontested divorce.
Inventory your joint marriage property before negotiating. Go over some basic questions a Kentucky divorce court may consider. Who gets the house? Who gets custody of the kids? How will you divide your joint account? Which debts will each of you inherit? Spell out what will l be yours, and what will be your spouse’s.
File a petition for dissolution of marriage. If you don’t have kids, file a Kentucky Marital Settlement Agreement (No Children). You can pick these up at your nearest Kentucky circuit court or check the court’s website in Resources below. If they have these forms online, download them and fill them out.
Find a lawyer who specializes in family divorce cases. You want one with a track record of success in divorce court. Make sure this lawyer has experience arguing divorce cases in a Kentucky court. Only one of you needs to get a lawyer to get your divorce paperwork together. The other spouse can hire a lawyer to review the legal documents the first lawyer drafts.
Have the lawyer review the forms you completed. He/she may have you file additional forms. This depends on local laws as well as the lawyer’s administrative needs. Usually, you’ll fill out personal information forms. Listen to the lawyer’s advice, then follow it. As of this writing, the state of Kentucky requires both of you to live apart for at least 60 days. Check with your lawyer to make sure that you’ve been separated the minimum time needed for a divorce.
In Kentucky, you’re still married while waiting for your uncontested divorce to settle. Resist the urge to start dating, or start a new relationship. If your spouse stands to gain in a contested divorce, using your infidelity, your efforts at an uncontested divorce will be wasted.