Divorce in Kentucky

Whether a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce, the goal of a divorce in Kentucky is to come to a resolution on all major issues and dissolve your marriage. Typically, these issues revolve around child custody, visitation, child support, maintenance (sometimes called spousal support or alimony), marital property and marital debt division and attorney’s fees and costs.

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Kentucky requires one or both spouses to have resided in Kentucky for 180 days before filing for a divorce. Additionally, no divorce decree will be entered until the parties have lived apart for 60 days. Living apart includes living under the same roof, but there must not be any sexual or intimate contact.  Despite these time requirements, it is smart to immediately contact a divorce lawyer in Louisville Kentucky if you think divorce is a possibility.

GROUNDS: No-Fault Divorce

Kentucky is a no-fault divorce state. Essentially, if a spouse wants to end their marriage a divorce will be granted. The sole basis for a spouse to end their marriage is that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Irretrievable breakdown means there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation. The kind of situation where either or both spouses are no longer able or willing to live with each other, leading to the breakdown of the marriage.


Whether you or your spouse can come to terms on the issues in dispute will determine which path your divorce will take.

Therefore, your divorce will either be a:

  1. Uncontested Divorce or
  2. Contested Divorce