Introduction to Uncontested Divorce in Kentucky
Making the decision to end a marriage is never easy, but understanding the divorce process can make it less stressful. At Schaffner Family Law, we're here to help guide you through every step of the process. Uncontested divorce is one of the most common types of divorce proceedings in Kentucky, and this article will provide an overview of what it entails.
Uncontested Divorce: What Does it Mean?
In an uncontested divorce, both spouses reach agreement on all issues related to the dissolution of their marriage. This includes matters such as property division, spousal support, and if applicable, child custody and support. This agreement removes the need for a judge to make decisions on these matters, which results in a quicker, less expensive, and less stressful process than a contested divorce -- making it a preferred choice for many couples in Kentucky.
Benefits of Uncontested Divorce in Kentucky
Uncontested divorces are beneficial in several ways. Primarily, they offer a faster resolution as the couple has already agreed on the terms of the divorce. This reduces the time spent in court and typically results in much lower legal fees. It also provides privacy for the couple as the details of any issues that needed to be decided by a judge don't become part of public record (think: tax returns, bank statements, text messages, photos, etc.). Additionally, an uncontested divorce can lead to less emotional stress as the couple works together to find a mutually satisfactory solution, potentially preserving a respectful relationship post-divorce.
Steps to Filing an Uncontested Divorce
To initiate an uncontested divorce in Kentucky, one spouse must first file a petition for dissolution of the marriage. The other spouse then acknowledges action and waives service of summons upon them by the Sheriff. The parties reach agreements, often with the help of counsel, and then a lawyer drafts a marital settlement agreement, detailing the specifics of their agreed-upon division of assets, debts, and other relevant details. After the parties approve and sign the agreement, the judge reviews and approves the agreement, issuing a decree of divorce if everything is in order.
Challenges in Uncontested Divorce
Even though an uncontested divorce is typically straightforward, it may involve unforeseen challenges. Each spouse must be open and honest about all assets and debts, and they must agree on every single term. This can prove difficult, especially when it comes to complex issues like property division or child custody. At Schaffner Family Law, we're here to help with these challenges, providing guidance to ensure a fair and equitable agreement for all parties involved.
Help for Uncontested Divorce in Kentucky
At Schaffner Family Law, we understand that even an uncontested divorce can feel overwhelming. Our team is committed to providing the necessary support and guidance throughout the process. We’re here to help you understand your rights, explore your options, and make informed decisions that best serve your interests.
If you are considering an uncontested divorce in Kentucky, schedule a confidential consultation with us today at (859) 491-1011 or use our online form. We look forward to serving you.