What are the 3 ways to end a Louisville marriage? If you are considering a divorce or contemplating the end of your marriage you need to understand the options available to you, the law as it applies to your unique circumstances as well as the best strategies to accomplish your goals and objectives.
There are basically 3 ways to end a Louisville marriage including an annulment, a divorce or a legal separation. Annulments are the least common as they require proof that the marriage was not legally valid in the first place. Some of the issues which can result in an invalid marriage include, but are not limited to coercion, fraud, bigamy (already being married to another party) or incest.
The next of the 3 ways to end a Louisville marriage is to divorce. Here in Kentucky, either party can request the divorce even if both parties are not in agreement to end the marriage. The purpose of a divorce is to separate the “marital property interests” established by the marriage and to resolve all issues associated with the marriage including but not limited to child custody & visitation, child support, maintenance as well as the division of marital assets and debts such as retirement accounts and/or the ownership interest in a closely-held business or professional practice.
The third option is known as a legal separation and manages all of the aspects of a divorce listed above but allows the parties to remain legally married for the time being. You cannot legally marry another party if you are legally separated but not divorced from a spouse. Why in the world would anyone choose this option to end their marriage? In some cases there may be a substantial health issue for one of the parties and the health insurance providing coverage for present treatment is through the other spouse. In other cases it may simply be an issue of religious or personal beliefs. There may also be an impact on retirement benefits, especially in the case of a military marriage.
Which of the 3 ways to end a Louisville marriage will be best for your unique circumstances? You can rely upon the proven and experienced counsel of the divorce and family law attorneys at Dodd & Dodd. We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our former clients and contact us or call 502-584-1108 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced divorce and family law attorneys.