Shepherdsville Divorce Lawyer Offering Free Consultations
For most married couples who choose to separate, arriving at the decision to divorce is emotionally exhausting in and of itself. Generally, it’s not until you’ve made it past that initial point of indecision and emotional roller-coastering that the logistical questions may start to occur to you, such as:
- How much is a divorce going to cost?
- What do I need to do to start the divorce process?
- How does the divorce process even work in Kentucky?
- What will I get to keep in the divorce?
- How do we establish fair child custody and spousal support arrangements?
Don’t worry — you don’t have to figure this all out on your own. In fact, you don’t even have to worry about paying to start getting answers, which is a very common concern among Kentucky residents considering divorce.
My law firm, the Law Offices of John Schmidt & Associates, has been working closely with people in your exact situation since 1998. I know from experience how stressful and disorienting the divorce process can be without clear legal guidance. That’s precisely why I like to start by offering new clients a no-cost consultation. During that initial one-on-one meeting, we can sit down, review your case, answer some of those basic questions, and ultimately decide if my law firm is the right resource to handle your case.
Requirements for Divorce, Legal Separation, and Divorce in Kentucky
Each U.S. state has its own set of rules and guidelines when it comes to divorce, legal separation, and annulment. In most cases, divorce is the option that makes the most sense for a couple looking to dissolve their marriage. However, it can be beneficial to start with a simplified breakdown of each legal option.
During your free initial consultation, we can discuss these and related considerations in greater detail. The goal of the meeting is to get you the information you need to start your case off on the right foot, so I want to ensure that our discussion is catered to your specific situation from the moment we meet.
Many people assume that some aspect of blame has to go into their divorce, but that’s actually not the case. Kentucky is a no-fault divorce state, which means that the court doesn’t need proof that either spouse did something to cause the desired separation. Rather, the state accepts that marriages end for all kinds of reasons and simply requires that:
- At least one spouse has been a Kentucky resident for at least 180 days prior to filing for divorce
- The parties have been living apart for at least 60 days
- The petition for dissolution of marriage is filed in the county where the filing spouse (the “petitioner”) is a resident
Again, this is a simplified list of Kentucky’s requirements for divorce. Every case is unique to the people involved, which is one of the reasons why it’s so important to consult with an experienced divorce attorney.
Legal Separation Requirements
In some circumstances, a separating couple may choose to remain married but live separately. In these cases, that couple may choose to pursue a legal separation rather than a divorce.
The grounds for a legal separation are the same as those of a divorce. However, the paperwork to be filed and the end result differ. While a divorce “terminates” a marriage entirely, a legal separation gives the separating partners the chance to divide their assets, debts, parenting time, and so on, but to remain legally married.
Annulment is an option for marriages that are considered “invalid.” That is, the marriage involves:
- Too close of a blood relationship between the spouses
- One or both spouses being mental disabled
- One or both spouses already being married
- One or both spouses being underage
- An element of fraud or duress
If you believe annulment is the right option for your case, we can discuss these requirements further during your initial consultation.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
If you are looking to pursue a divorce, legal separation, or annulment in Shepherdsville, Louisville, Elizabethtown, Jeffersontown, Mount Washington, Radcliff, or a neighboring area of Kentucky, I encourage you to contact the Law Offices of John Schmidt & Associates. By starting with a free consultation, you have nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain by reaching out.