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Kentucky Divorce Statutes

Chapter 403 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes sets out the basic law governing Divorces and Child Custody cases in Kentucky Family Court.  The Chapter is broken into six (6) sections covering General Provisions, Divorce and Legal Separation, Custody, Domestic Violence Councils, Domestic Violence and Abuse, and Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement.

The Statutes outline the law providing for Divorce, Legal Separation, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and registration of out-of-state child custody and support orders.  Also provided are the statutes governing child support, whether raised in a divorce, child custody case, or other action not covered by KRS 403.  From these Statutes flows a body of law in the form of Judicial Opinions issued by the Kentucky Court of Appeals and Kentucky Supreme Court.

It is imperative, as the image says, that you (or, more importantly, your lawyer) “Know the rules”. Kentucky Divorce Statutes change with each Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.  How those changes affect you and your family is of utmost importance.

The Kentucky Divorce Statutes provide a road map for beginning your Divorce, Child Custody or Domestic Violence case.  From the filing of the case to questions concerning the modification of a Child Support, Spousal Support (or Maintenance or Alimony) or Child Custody Order or Judgment, the road map carries you from beginning to end.

Some of the Kentucky Revised Statutes are designed to help answer questions about enforcing Child Custody and Child Support Orders if you move to Kentucky.  You may register your Support or Custody Order in Kentucky after a period of time.  Following that registration, you may seek to enforce and change the Order.

If you want to know more, please take a look at this article or this article for the basics of how a divorce begins or just give me a call. Also, please feel free to learn more at or or if you are not ready to talk.  Thanks for reading.


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