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Kentucky Spousal Support During And After A Divorce

On behalf of Tasha K. Schaffner of Schaffner Family Law posted in divorce on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Every state has its own approach to how former spouses can be provided for once a marriage ends. Kentucky is no exception and has laid out its own regulations concerning the subject of alimony both during and after a divorce. Each situation is different, however, and requires a specific agreement tailored to an individual’s needs.

In general, the subject of spousal support is appropriate whenever a separation and dissolution will have a negative impact on one party’s ability to provide a sufficient living for one’s self and any dependants living in the home. It may also be ordered if a divorce would result in either party suffering a significant loss in his or her standard of living that he or she once enjoyed during a marriage. Either party could be required to pay these monies, depending upon the unique circumstances.

The state will permit alimony payments provided the receiving spouse can show just cause for such support and the paying spouse can show that he or she can afford to provide for both parties. Once a recipient is able to obtain suitable employment and receives a wage sufficient for his or her needs, the payments will likely come to an end. In addition, if the paying party suffers a financial setback that infringes on his or her ability to continue paying support while providing for one’s own needs, then the support will likely be discontinued.

Regardless of the length of the predetermined schedule for receiving these support monies, it usually terminates if either party dies or the recipient remarries unless there is a prior written agreement stating otherwise. Likewise, it is unlikely that a court will order any changes in a prior settlement unless there is just cause to show that a case should be reopened. Kentucky residents who are in the process of obtaining a divorce may benefit from seeking the advice of an experienced attorney who can address the issue of alimony and other matters related to any settlement agreements.

Source:, “Kentucky Alimony and Spousal Support Information“, Accessed on March 8, 2018

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