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Dealing with the legalities of divorce

For many Kentucky couples who decide they no longer want to be married, getting a divorce may be the right decision. In fact, it is actually easy to dissolve a marriage now than ever before. This is due to the change in divorce legalities over the last few decades.

In the past, filing for divorce was often difficult because couples had to have specific reasons, such as adultery or domestic violence. Since then, however, every state has a law that allows for no-fault divorces, meaning a couple can get a divorce simply because one or both no longer feel like staying together.

Before a person can get a divorce, however, he or she still needs to file a petition. While the actual reason for divorce may not matter, a person should still be aware of the applicable laws and regulations. The other party will then need to be notified of the petition. If the divorce is an amicable, the other person can just sign a waiver. If the divorce is not amicable, however, the petitioner can choose to have the spouse be formally served with the paperwork.

During the divorce process, the estranged couple will have to deal with a few issues before the marriage can be officially dissolved. These include dealing with marital assets and liabilities and, if the couple has children, child custody. Many couples ask their respective family law attorneys for assistance in negotiating a settlement agreement and find that the results are often more favorable than when a judge makes these determinations.

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