Divorce Lawyer in Lexington, KY
Successfully Navigating the Divorce Process
If you’re looking for a divorce lawyer in the Lexington, KY area, then you’ve come to the right place. At Fowler Bell PLLC, we offer knowledgeable counsel and resolute representation that you can depend on.
There’s no manual for going through a divorce, and as the stakes grow higher, marital splits become harder to navigate successfully. Relationships can quickly devolve into tooth-and-nail conflicts as the disposition of valuable property, child custody, and other matters come into play.
Complicated matters like divorce and adjacent legal services like child custody can make our emotions flare. For some, it becomes hard to focus on the details and decisions of the case and keep up with the tempo of normal life. In these instances, teaming up with a divorce lawyer who is experienced and understands the various dimensions of divorce law is vital.
It’s not always easy for couples to disengage themselves from their emotions and make vital decisions. That is why legal representation is key. Contact our divorce lawyer today to schedule your consultation.
Our Divorce Services
We are well-versed in the following divorce-related issues:
- Property distribution/division
- Retirement account division
- Spousal support orders
- Child custody and timesharing
- Child support
The Benefits of Negotiating a Separation Agreement
If you and your spouse simply can’t come to terms, the court will make the decisions on your behalf. The solutions the courts devise, however, are often far from ideal. After all, the judge doesn’t really know you, your family or the unique dynamics of your situation.
You deserve the assistance of a divorce lawyer whose primary concern is protecting your interests. Our law firm can help you craft a separation agreement that distributes the marital assets as equitably as possible while letting you retain control over the outcome.
In a divorce, determining how the separation will occur makes up a major part of common disagreements. It’s only natural to look out for your best interests following a divorce. With qualified legal assistance, you can better present your case for an agreement that fits your needs.
Our attorney is skilled at finding creative, sound solutions for our clients and their former spouse.
Divorce in Kentucky - What You Should Know
In Kentucky, as in most places, most divorces are uncontested. This means that the divorce is a relatively smooth process that is settled without reaching a court. Kentucky has “no-fault” divorce, meaning neither spouse has to prove wrongdoing of the other to be granted the divorce.
If property and debts of the marriage need to be divided, the court will generally use a 50-50% split. The court can and will use a different split if it finds good reason to do so in your case. In terms of child custody, Kentucky courts decide the issue based on the “best interests” of the child or children. To decide this, the court will consider any number of factors, including the following:
- The wishes of the parent(s) and the wishes of the child/children involved
- The relationship/interactions of the child/children and the parent(s) and other family members that may affect the child’s best interest
- The mental and physical health of individuals involved
- Records or evidence of domestic violence or other crimes that may alter the court’s decision
- The child’s potential lifestyle changes given the various possibilities for custody
These are some of the main factors that a court will take into consideration, but the court may consider other factors that are relevant in your particular case. This is why an experienced divorce lawyer is important—they can help you understand what the court will consider in your case and help you prepare accordingly.
However, if the divorce is complex and both sides cannot agree on the terms, the divorce may go to court. In these instances, it’s crucial to work with an experienced divorce lawyer.
Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce
No, Kentucky divorces are not granted based on fault. The court need only find that the marriage is broken and can not be rehabilitated.
You may file for divorce if you or your spouse have been a resident of Kentucky for at least 180 days. Additionally, you must be a resident of the county in which you plan to file.
In Kentucky, the parties filing for divorce must be separated for at least 60 days before the full divorce may be granted. Here, “separated” simply means you do not live in the same residence.
Every divorce is different, so we won’t be able to make any predictions before we begin your case. Divorce pricing is highly dependent on the nature of your specific divorce process. You can expect the court to charge a small filing fee, but you may be eligible to have your fee waived by the court.
Over 90% of divorces in Kentucky are handled outside of court. You may need to go to court if your case does not settle.
Divorce complaints can be served through certified mail or by the county sheriff if needed.
What to Expect When Teaming Up with Our Divorce Lawyer
As we work on your divorce case, you can expect a blend of compassionate service and expert legal acumen. We know how stressful these cases can be, so we lean on experience to navigate clients through their process.
Our divorce lawyer Susan S. Kennedy has spent her career helping those dealing with divorce with proven expertise and genuine compassion for each and every case. She carries over 35 years of advocacy experience under her belt for each case she handles. Once you contact our divorce lawyer, we will discuss the details of your case and ensure we are a good fit for your needs. From there, we can help you with everything from filing for divorce to entry of divorce decree.
While you will be working with Susan S. Kennedy specifically, you will benefit from the combined knowledge that the attorneys and legal staff in our firm have to offer.