You did it. You went through the divorce process and are now working on moving forward in your life. As part of your divorce decree, you've been ordered to pay spousal support -- also known as maintenance -- to your ex. At first it was okay, but a change in circumstances has made it difficult to keep up with this obligation. What can you and other Kentucky residents in your situation do to turn things around?
In 2015, same-sex couples won an amazing victory when the law of the land changed to allow them to legally marry and enjoy all of the benefits that it brings. You and your partner may have taken the plunge and made your union official.
If you marry a person who is a parent, you may reach a point where you wish to adopt your stepkids. Stepparent adoption can be a beautiful way to grow your Kentucky family, but there could be certain roadblocks standing between you and your ultimate objective. If you are looking to formalize and legally establish your relationship with your stepkids, you would be wise to seek a full understanding of your options.
You have a child with your girlfriend. You know the baby is yours and you are ready to take on the responsibility of being a father. Unexpectedly, your significant other leaves you and takes the child with her. According to the laws of Kentucky, without establishing paternity you may not have any rights to your own child.
During your marriage, you stayed home to raise the kids or experienced a number of other circumstances that kept you away from the job force. This left you fully financially dependent on your spouse. There is nothing wrong with this; in fact, it is a situation in which many Kentucky residents find themselves. However, you got a divorce and you now find yourself struggling financially despite being awarded spousal support. What can you do?
Getting divorced is typically difficult in more ways than one. If your situation is similar to many others in Kentucky, you may face various financial challenges during and after divorce, as well was emotional struggles and problems related to parenting. In fact, the latter is often a topic of contentious debate in family court, and some problems can get blown so out of proportion they seem impossible to resolve. When an extenuating factor exacerbates a particular issue, you may be wrought with stress and anxiety.
When you first tied the knot, you may have believed that your marriage would stand the test of time and you would remain married for the rest of your life. Of course, you may also find yourself -- as many people do -- facing divorce. This situation may have blindsided you or you may have felt it coming for some time. Whatever the case, you now must determine how to approach your legal proceedings.
Divorce is a complex process, and it is normal to have concerns about what you will be able to keep after the process is complete. Property division is one of the most difficult and emotionally charged issues in a divorce, and it can be useful to better understand the Kentucky laws regarding marital and non-marital property.
As unpleasant as it may be to realize, when your spouse asked for a divorce, it was likely a decision that came from months, perhaps years of agonizing and soul searching. While the announcement may have taken you by surprise, your spouse was probably ready and determined to get through the divorce as quickly as possible.
Parenting after a divorce can be complicated, even when two Kentucky parents work together to come to a beneficial resolution regarding complex issues, such as child custody and visitation. In order to avoid unnecessary complications and make things easier for children, parents often choose to co-parent or share joint custody.