It isn’t easy when an irreparable rift opens between you and your spouse. Neither is making the difficult decision to separate. In the midst of all this, you want to believe that at least the legal side of your divorce will go smoothly. Unfortunately, it too can be complicated.
Experienced divorce attorney William R. Noelker is here to protect you and your best interests. He will defend your privacy, financial security, and emotional well-being. Mr. Noelker strongly believes that legally dissolving your union shouldn’t be the biggest challenge that you face during this difficult time.
If you are considering filing for an uncontested divorce, call 859-329-3992 to arrange a complimentary and confidential consultation with Mr. Noelker. He will examine your situation, discuss your options, and give you insight on how you might want to proceed. William R. Noelker Attorney at Law, PLLC proudly serves Danville, Lebanon, and nearby areas of Kentucky.
What is an Uncontested Divorce?
Put simply, married couples usually qualify for an uncontested divorce if they can agree on all of the major issues involved in the process of separating. These issues may include child custody, property distribution, and spousal support.
An uncontested divorce means that no third party needs to get involved to help you and your spouse settle disputes. If significant disagreements arise that can’t be settled, a contested divorce may be the only option.
If you can file for an uncontested divorce, it will likely save you time and money. This type of divorce has a streamlined procedure that helps lower your expenses such as court and attorney fees.
An uncontested divorce may allow you to terminate your marriage faster than other options. Drawing out the divorce process can take an emotional and financial toll on both spouses.
Other benefits of uncontested divorce include:
- Keeping control in the hands of you and your spouse, not a judge
- Working together with your spouse from a place of respect, not conflict
- Focusing on the interests of both parties
- Potentially keeping more of your personal information out of the public record
Requirements for Uncontested Divorce in Kentucky
Kentucky is a “no-fault” divorce state. This means that you don’t need to prove that your spouse did something wrong before you can get divorced. In other states, there are several “fault” based grounds for dissolution, but not in Kentucky.
You don’t need to talk about intimate details of your relationship in front of strangers in order to file for divorce. You can avoid dragging up painful particulars about affairs or other “faults.” You simply must state that the marriage is irretrievably broken and agree on that fact.
There are a few simple requirements that must be met to file for any type of divorce in Kentucky. For example, either you or your spouse must be a resident of this state for at least 180 days. You and your spouse must be separated for at least 60 days before filing for divorce. Additionally, if the wife is pregnant, the process can’t begin until the baby is born.
After meeting the above requirements, qualifying for an uncontested divorce is relatively simple. To be eligible for an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse need to agree on all of the significant divorce-related issues.
When To Pursue a Contested Divorce
There are several situations that may warrant a contested divorce instead, including if:
- You have children under the age of 18
- You have complex property arrangements
- You disagree on any major elements of the divorce
- You disagree on spousal support arrangements
Contact Mr. Noelker before you file for divorce. He can help determine if a contested or uncontested divorce is appropriate. If you initially file for the wrong type of divorce because you didn’t have legal guidance, it will likely cost you time and money.
How to Get an Uncontested Divorce in Kentucky
The first step in pursuing an uncontested divorce in Kentucky is contacting an experienced attorney like Mr. Noelker. While it is possible to file for a divorce on your own, any errors that you make during this process can significantly hurt your case.
After contacting a lawyer, you will need to complete several important steps such as:
- Addressing divorce-related issues and coming to an agreement
- Completing your divorce forms
- Filing your paperwork
- Attending the court hearing
Do You Need a Lawyer for an Uncontested Divorce?
An experienced, dedicated lawyer like Mr. Noelker is an invaluable asset to you during this process. While this may be your first time dealing with the divorce process, the same is not true for a seasoned divorce attorney. Mr. Noelker knows exactly what it takes to obtain the best possible outcome for you.
Additionally, he will help you sort out important matters such as:
- Meeting important deadlines
- Filling paperwork properly
- Avoiding potentially costly mistakes
- Navigating any issues or legal complexities
- Figuring out alimony (also known as maintenance in Kentucky), child support, parenting plans, property division, and other matters
Arrange Your Free Divorce Consultation in Danville
Call 859-329-3992 to schedule your complimentary uncontested divorce consultation with Mr. Noelker. He proudly works with clients from Danville, Lebanon, and nearby areas of Kentucky.