Louisville Divorce Attorneys
A divorce can wreak havoc on your emotions and your life. At John H. Ruby & Associates, we have handled numerous Louisville divorce cases throughout the years, and because we understand how difficult it is, we strive to make the legal process as simple and straightforward as possible for you.
A Kentucky court will grant a divorce where:
- At the time of filing, at least one of the parties has been a resident of Kentucky for at least 180 days;
- The marriage is irretrievably broken; and,
- Child custody and support, if applicable, as well as spousal support and the disposition of property, have been determined by the parties or the court
In finding that the marriage is irretrievably broken, the judge must believe that conciliation between the spouses is not possible. If either party denies that the marriage is irretrieveably broken, the court may order the parties to participate in a concilitation conference where both parties meet with a therapist in an effort to resolve their issues without the necessity of getting divorced.
When a spouse files for divorce or legal separation, either party may request temporary maintenance to assist that party with the opportunity to become self-sufficient. In deciding whether or not to grant a request for temporary maintenance, the court will consider several factors, including:
- The income, estate, and earning capacity of the supporting spouse
- The age, health, and overall dependency of the spouse requesting maintenance
- Custody of the children, where applicable
The Court may also grant permanent maintenance in cases in which one party has a continuing need to have assistance from the former spouse based upon the factors they list.
In addition, a party may also ask the court to grant an Emergency Protective Order or Domestic Violence Order if necessary to protect the spouse or children.
Marital Agreements and Your Divorce
Agreements made by the parties before or during marriage may control or influence the resolution of issues in a divorce or separation. The skilled Louisville attorneys at John H. Ruby & Associates can help you draft the following types of martial agreements:
- Pre-nuptial agreements, entered into by the parties prior to their marriage
- Post-nuptial agreements, which the parties enter into after their marriage
- Separation agreements, made by the parties upon their separation or divorce
These agreements can help couples plan for how their assets will be treated in the event they decide to go their separate ways. It is important, however, to ensure that your rights are adequately protected in the terms of these agreements.
Separation agreements are particularly helpful in the context of divorce because they enable you and your ex to reach a settlement between yourselves with respect to spousal support, property disposition, and child support, custody, and visitation, as opposed to having those important decisions imposed upon you from the outside by a judge in divorce court.
Contracting for the provisions in these agreements while simultaneously protecting your rights requires the knowledge and experience of an attorney – contact us to see how we can help you draft your martial agreement.
Other Family Law Services
In addition to handling your divorce, our Kentucky family law lawyers are equipped to represent you in the following areas:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Paternity actions
- Property disposition
- Spousal support/alimony
- And other related areas
You can also find more information on our Family Law FAQ page.
Let our experienced Louisville family law attorneys handle your case so you can focus on continuing to live your life. Contact us to find out how our dedicated team of lawyers can help you get through your divorce.