Contested divorces—like uncontested cases—involve you, your spouse and our office. We have been doing divorces since 1965 and have almost 100 years of divorce experience in our office. Your spouse has the option of hiring an attorney to represent them through the entire process—we STRONGLY suggest that you and your spouse each have their own attorney.
Contested divorces may also involve appraisers, doctors, psychologists, custodial evaluators, accountants and another experts or professionals to help you or the Court arrive at an answer to an issue or question.
A contested divorce means that the spouses DO NOT agree on all issues—sometimes not even agreeing on the need for a divorce. Contested divorces end in two ways: agreed settlement between the parties or a judge deciding on the disputed issue(s)
Or HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE? A contested divorce can take weeks, months and—sometimes, years. Depending on the issues at stake and if other professionals need to become involved, divorces can take quite some time. We do everything in our power to make the process as quick as possible—we know that no one wants a divorce “hanging over their head” for any long period of time.
We are located in Louisville, KY but can handle contested divorce in any Kentucky County. We can meet in person or do our consultations and other communication by phone and/or email if getting to our office is difficult or impossible.
You MAY NOT need to appear in Court. Often times we are able to reach an agreed settlement (either through attorneys and our clients or through mediation).
If you have children, Kentucky requires parties to attend a divorce education class called “Families In Transition.” The six-hour (either three two-hour sessions of two three-hour sessions) class is attended by both parties, separately, and any children from 5 years up to 18 years of age. The goal of the program is to help parents avoid many of the emotional and behavioral pitfalls often associated with divorce. Providers of the program can be found here.
We start with an initial consultation. We would need the following information at the initial consultation:
- Full names, dates of birth, addresses and social security numbers for you, your spouse and any children
- Date and place of Marriage
- You and your spouse’s employer, job title and approximate income
- Addresses where the children have lived in the last five years, if applicable
- The case number and location of any other court actions involving you, your spouse and/or any children
After the consultation, we prepare and file the Petition for Dissolution (after your review and signature) and serve your spouse either by certified mail or Sheriff. Once serve, your spouse has 20 days to file a Response.
After your spouse files a Response, we share financial disclosures with each other and attempt to negotiate a settlement.
If settlement negotiation fails, we attend mediation—usually agree to or court-ordered. Mediation is often a successful way to settle the divorce. We have a tremendous amount of experience settling divorce before mediation, at mediation and after mediation.
If all issues are not settled and agreed to at mediation then the Court will schedule a Trial. With almost 100 years of experience, we are ready, willing and able to go to trial and fight for what you feel you deserve.