Kentucky couples may need to consider state laws in divorce

Ending one's marriage can be one of the most difficult experiences a person can face. Most people get married truly believing in the commitment they make to be with their partner forever. However, the union may encounter difficulties that are insurmountable, and in those circumstances, a divorce can be the only way out. While most may believe that divorce laws are consistent throughout the country, many Kentucky readers may be interested in the fact that laws vary widely based upon the state in which a divorce is filed.

A recent Forbes article describes the various ways that laws can differ from state to state. First, most states have specific residency requirements that must be satisfied prior to filing a divorce claim. In Kentucky, for example, one must be a resident in the state for at least 180 days prior to filing.

Second, it may be important to understand how assets are divided and what one can expect with regards to spousal support. Kentucky is considered an equitable distribution state. This means that a judge will take into account a variety of monetary and non-monetary factors that make up a couple's life together before rendering a decision.

Divorce can become an extremely complex endeavor, and many parts of the process can be confusing and overwhelming. Those in Kentucky faced with divorce proceedings may find it beneficial to discuss their specific situation with an attorney who focuses on divorce law and litigation. This type of attorney could be the best resource when discussing the various legal options available within the respective state laws.

Source: Forbes, "50 Ways To End Your Marriage: Divorce Laws Vary Widely From State To State", Jeff Landers, May 24, 2016

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