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What does the discovery process in divorce entail?

Although mediation is becoming a popular method of negotiating settlement agreements when marriages end, not all Kentucky couples manage to keep communication channels open. The procedures in a litigated divorce are typically more complicated than those avoiding the court. The first steps -- before going to divorce court -- will involve the process known as discovery in which the attorneys of both spouses will try to find out details of the opposition's planned arguments in order to prepare a strong defense strategy.

Gray divorces: A costly impact late in life

As someone approaching retirement, the last thing you expected was to be navigating a divorce. Gray divorces, or divorces that take place among Baby Boomers or those married 40 years or longer, are devastating for some. Not only is the relationship ending, but the finances of the couple become a concern.

Divorce or legal separation -- Which one to choose?

Many married couples in Kentucky develop some relationship problems at times. However, not all rush to file for divorce when conflicts arise. Some couples choose to file for a legal separation, in which an agreement similar to a divorce agreement is signed, which may be converted into a divorce agreement if the ultimate choice is to file for the dissolution of the marriage. The couple will remain married but live separately with a separation agreement that will outline the responsibilities and rights of each spouse.

Who is entitled to alimony, and for how long?

Spousal support is the term that is used for a court-ordered maintenance paid by one spouse to the other pending or after a divorce, or during a legal separation. The recipient of alimony can be either the husband or the wife. The purpose is to contribute toward the living expenses of the receiving spouse, such as utilities, mortgage or rent, health insurance and other costs. Absent an agreement between the spouses, the court will determine the type of alimony, the amount and the duration as governed by the divorce laws of Kentucky.

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