Divorce is a fact of life in today's society. Having a
seasoned divorce lawyer can make the process much less difficult.
The attorneys of Hoge & Associates bring unique skill sets to
the table in the divorce process. Let them help you protect
your interests while guiding you to the best possible resolution.
In Kentucky, a marriage is a three-way contract between the
husband, the wife and the Commonwealth. This is why the State must be
involved in the break-up of a marriage.
Further, the Commonwealth of Kentucky is a "no fault" state,
which means that our laws dictate that either party can seek a
divorce or dissolution of the marriage and the court assesses no
"blame" for the failure of the marriage.
Because "fault" is not a factor in dissolving most marriages, the key
issues usually come down to:
- Care, custody and support of
the minor children
- Restoration of non-marital
property (things owned before the marriage, inherited by one
of the parties or that were a specific gift to one of the
- Division of marital
assets (bank accounts, investments, retirement and pension
funds, real estate, vehicles, business interests, personal
- Assignment of responsibility
for the payment of debt
- Maintenance of the disadvantaged spouse (if any) -- This
used to be called "alimony"; now it is sometimes referred to as
- Kentucky has a confusing and important exception to the
general concept of "no fault" in dissolution. If you are
your fault (i.e., adultery, drunkenness or other egregious
misconduct) may well be used against you. Only the fault of the
party seeking maintenance will be considered.
The fault of the party against whom maintenance is sought, on
the other hand, will generally not be considered.
Other important factors in divorce law are discussed on the
webpages linked below: