While not about Filing Your Kentucky Divorce Petition, I just came across a fascinating article on AVVO.com. The subject of the article is the timing of the filing of divorces in Hollywood. It is fascinating and I recommend the read. It did make me think about this topic.
For those of you who do not know, I was elected Chair of the Louisville Metro Democratic Party last month. Regardless of that change, I continue to have the privilege of taking care of entrepreneurs, professionals, executives, politicians and their spouses when they are going through a divorce. They look to me to protect their reputation and livelihood. I am called to serve when they are faced with the prospect of a Trial in a Court system that rarely understands them or their needs. They need me to bring reason to their lives during a time when everyone else is being unreasonable.
Before you file for Divorce (or, for that matter, Custody), what should you know? First, you should talk to a lawyer. Make sure you trust the lawyer you consult, even if you do not hire them.
Second, you should know whether you have lived in Kentucky long enough. You must be a resident for 180 or more days before Kentucky has authority to dissolve your marriage.
Third, you should know in which county your marriage “resides”. Unless you and your spouse agree, you must file in the County of residence of either you or your spouse.
Fourth, you should know what assets and liabilities are owned and owed by your marriage. You will need to disclose your assets, liabilities, income and expenses to your spouse (as well as the Court). If you do not know, then you and your lawyer can work to discover those assets.
Fifth, you should have some concept of what you want to accomplish. How will your relationship with your children change? Who will keep your home? How will your investments and debts be divided? Will you have enough money to support your children? Will you have enough money to support yourself? If not, what do you need to do?
Your lawyer will work through these questions with you.
As always, I hope this is of some help. If your family is going through a change, please feel free to give me a call. Also, please feel free to learn more at jrlloydlaw.com or thelouisvilledivorceattorney.com or thelouisvilledivorcelawyer.com if you are not ready to talk. Thanks for reading.