The decision to end a marriage is not an easy one. Once that decision is made however, numerous other decisions must follow. At Musselwhite, Meinhart & Staples, our attorneys are here to guide you through your divorce or legal separation.
We have more than 80 years of combined legal experience helping spouses in Radcliff, Elizabethtown and throughout north central Kentucky through the divorce process. We provide personal service and honest advice to help you find a resolution.
In most divorce actions, the process begins by the filing of a petition for dissolution. Once that petition is filed with the Court, the other party is served with the documents and has a very short period of time in which to file a formal response. Simply ignoring the petition is potentially detrimental to the opposing party and could lead to an unfavorable outcome.
Many times the parties have the option to speed the process along by reaching an agreement that covers all of the issues in the divorce. If an agreement is not forthcoming, then the litigation phase of your divorce begins. Both sides will engage in “discovery,” which is the information gathering stage of a divorce.
If minor children are involved, the court may order further investigation of both parents to help the court decide custody and visitation issues. Eventually, if the parties remain unable to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement that covers all issues, the case will go to trial and a judge will decide the issues.
Getting legally separated in Kentucky is different than a divorce. A legal separation is often used to establish legal rights without officially ending the marriage. Issues in a legal separation typically include all of the same issues that are decided in a divorce; however, it restricts you from getting a divorce for a period of time once a decree of legal separation has been entered.
Deciding to legally separate or file for divorce is a big decision and one not to be taken lightly. Our lawyers have compassion for what you are going through and are here to help you every step of the way.
Learn more about your options and what steps to take to protect yourself during a legal separation or divorce. Arrange a free consultation by calling 270-872-4537 or sending us an email.