Louisville Family Court Rules

When a Divorce or Child Custody Petition is filed in Louisville Family Court, what are the rules or law which are applied by the Judge?

The principal body of law which applies to Louisville Divorce and Child Custody cases is found in Chapter 403 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes. The Kentucky Revised Statutes are the body of law enacted by our Kentucky General Assembly.  Chapter 403 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes is our version of the Uniform Marriage and Dissolution Act.  In that Chapter, you will find the general law that applies to both Louisville Divorce and Child Custody cases.

Once a Petition is filed, the process in Louisville Family Court is set out in three (3) separate bodies of Rules.  The first is the Kentucky Rules of Civil Procedure.  The Civil Procedure Rules spell out how a Divorce or Child Custody Petition is filed or how to respond to the same.  The Rules govern pleading practice before Louisville Family Court, Discovery, Decrees of Dissolution of Marriage or Child Custody, and appeals from Louisville Family Court to the Court of Appeals. The Kentucky Rules of Civil Procedure are the functional architecture of how a law suit is handled by Trial Courts in Kentucky (not just Louisville Family Court).

More specific to Divorce and Child Custody cases are the Kentucky Rules of Family Court Practice and Procedure.  One subpart of those Rules deal specifically with how Louisville Family Court is to handle Divorce and Child Custody cases.

Finally, the Jefferson Circuit Court (Family Division) Rules give very specific guidelines for how a Divorce or Child Custody case is handled by Louisville Family Court.  Each Judicial Circuit in Kentucky has rules which govern the minor variations from County to County of how Courts prefer to address the issues before it.

If you have questions about a Divorce or Child Custody case, please email me or give me a call. My assistant, Melanie, will be happy to schedule a meeting.  If you are not ready to talk, then please feel free to check out my website or The Louisville Divorce Attorney or The Louisville Divorce Lawyer.