Divorce and Child Custody

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The decision to file for divorce is never an easy one. You may feel alone, afraid and uncertain of what the future holds for you and your family.

In this difficult time, it is essential that you find a lawyer with whom you can share the most personal and confidential details about your life. You need a lawyer you can trust.

The divorce lawyers at Helton, Walter & Noelker Attorneys at Law are here to help you navigate the complexities of these emotional proceedings with compassion and integrity. If you are seeking a reliable attorney to represent your side of the story in a divorce, please contact us today online or at 859-236-1010 to discuss your case. We proudly serve the Danville, Harrodsburg, Lancaster and Stanford areas of Central Kentucky.

No-Fault Divorce in Kentucky

man explains contents of a clipboard to young coupleKentucky is a no-fault divorce state. This means that it only takes one person to tell the court that the marriage is broken and a divorce is necessary. Both parties in the marriage do not need to agree on divorce. No-fault also means that you do not have to tell the court why your marriage is ending.

Property Distribution

The question of who gets what is often one of the most significant considerations in any divorce. The goal of property division is to achieve a fair settlement as amicably and efficiently as possible. When determining property distribution, the law considers factors such as:

  • Property owned before the marriage
  • Contributions each spouse made to acquire marital property
  • Value of the property set aside for each spouse
  • Inheritances or gifts

With the exception of certain inheritances and gifts, any assets or wealth acquired by either spouse during the marriage is referred to as marital property. When determining the contributions made by each spouse in the acquisition of this communal property, a nonworking spouse's contributions to the household are taken into account.

Child Custody

Divorce proceedings involve a number of disputes and points of contention, but determining child custody is among the most emotionally charged aspects of the process. Our attorneys strive to preserve the relationship you have with your children and protect the precious time you get to share with them.

little girl resting head on mom's shoulderWhile joint custody is almost always preferred over sole custody, the law dictates that the best interests of the child should be the determining factor in establishing child custody arrangements.

Child Support

When establishing child support arrangements in Kentucky, the following factors are usually taken into consideration:

  • Number of children
  • Special needs of the child
  • Health care needs of the child
  • Income of both spouses
  • Parenting time arrangement

Spousal Support

Also referred to as maintenance, spousal support is designed to ensure that a spouse has sufficient money, assets and earning potential to survive after a divorce. Kentucky law takes a number of factors into consideration when determining a spousal support arrangement, such as:

  • Events leading to the divorce such as domestic violence or adultery
  • Standard of living
  • Length of marriage
  • Education level of each spouse
  • Earning potential of each spouse

Both women and men are eligible to receive spousal support. If one spouse earns a wage while the other supports the family by staying at home, the law says it’s unfair for only one person to benefit from the familial arrangement.

Other Divorce Considerations

In addition to the topics discussed above, our knowledgeable attorneys are experienced in a number of other factors associated with the dissolution of a marriage, including:

  • Annulments
  • Legal separation
  • Modifications
  • Visitation
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Litigation

Contact Our Experienced Divorce Attorneys Today

During the difficult time of a divorce, you deserve an experienced, compassionate and professional attorney by your side. At Helton, Walter & Noelker Attorneys at Law, we are committed to ensuring that your best interests, and the best interests of your children, are protected.

Please contact us today by calling 859-236-1010 or completing the form on this page to schedule a consultation with a qualified divorce lawyer. We welcome clients from Danville, Harrodsburg, Lancaster, Stanford and neighboring Central Kentucky communities.