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Bryant Law Center
Paducah KY 42003
Paducah KY 42003
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Divorce is rarely easy and it usually is not a win - win situation. A divorce case has a direct and tangible effect on your life. It affects you financially; it affects how much you see your children and it affects your future. Therefore, it is important to focus on getting the best resolution possible, while protecting yourself and guaranteeing the protection of your children so that you can get on with your life. Bryant Law Center has represented many, many people who spent years miserable in their marriages. We know that divorces can be unpleasant for everyone involved, but we want you to realize that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we'll be with you every step of the way. Mark Bryant and Joe Roark are skilled, dedicated and hardworking attorneys experienced in family law and child custody cases. Their goal is to educate, negotiate, mediate or litigate in the best interests of you, the client. Simply put, Divorce is two people reaching an agreement about no longer being married and deciding how best to get on with their lives apart.
It is important to remember, who you have standing beside you in that courtroom has a direct impact on your future.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What are grounds for Divorce in Kentucky?
- Kentucky is a no fault state and the only grounds that one can allege as the grounds for a divorce is the belief that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. If either spouse wants the divorce there is nothing that the other can do to prevent it from happening.
- How long will it take to finalize my divorce?
- How long it takes to finalize a divorce depends on how quickly the issues that your divorce presents can be resolved. If agreement is reached by the parties on all issues, a divorce can be finalized as quickly as 60 days. However, there are additional requirements and waiting periods when children are involved. In most cases, it is more sensible to try to reach agreement on how to resolve the issues than to focus on how long it will take because how long it takes depends on how quickly you can resolve those issues.
- How is property divided?
- In Kentucky, the law calls for an equitable division of property. That often, though not always, means an even division of marital assets. The same rule applies for marital real estate, marital personal property, marital financial and retirement accounts and marital debts. Judges in divorce cases are given discretion to allocate more or less of those assets and debts based on the parties financial status, but more often than not, they will divide those assets evenly.
- Will the court award me alimony?
- Alimony, now called spousal maintenance or simply maintenance, is one of the less concrete concepts in divorce cases. There is no set formula, but only a set of factors that courts are to consider. Generally, the longer the marriage and the greater the disparity in income or earning potential between the parties, the more likely maintenance is to be awarded.
- How does the court determine child support?
- Child support is generally payable by the parent who has the children less to the parent who has the children more. The parent who has the children most is called the primary residential parent. The amount of child support is determined according to guidelines established by the Kentucky legislature. Each parent’s gross monthly income is established and the percentage of the total is calculated for each parent. Then the guideline table lists the monthly support amount based on the total of the parents’ combined gross monthly income depending on the number of children. Any sums paid monthly for health insurance premiums for the children or daycare are added to the monthly support amount and each parent pays the percentage of the total that their gross monthly income comprises. The parent who pays the daycare or health insurance premium gets a credit for those payments from their share of the total.
- How will the court determine custody of my children?
- Custody of the children establishes who makes major decisions on their behalf in areas such as medical care, school and education and religious training. Custody does not have anything to do with where the children spend most of their time. That is called visitation or timesharing. Custody is determined according to the best interest of the children. Judges in divorce cases are given discretion to make a custody determination, but in most cases the parents share joint custody which means that they are simply supposed to work together when making those major decisions. If the parents cannot agree on a major issue then it will be up to the Judge to decide the issue.
- Disclaimer: The information contained herein is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Seek competent legal counsel for advice on any legal matter.