Since people have been waiting longer to get married than before, marriage rates have been steadily decreasing. However, this is not the case among southern states, where marriage rates have stayed somewhat consistent compared to the decreasing national average.

Divorce rates in southern states, specifically Kentucky, have also stayed above the national average. In 2017, Kentucky had a divorce rate of 3.7 per 1,000 residents. This places Kentucky sixth nationally in terms of divorce rates.

No-fault laws may increase divorce rates

One reason for Kentucky’s high divorce rates might be how simple and straightforward their divorce process is. Because of their no-fault divorce laws, one spouse needs to file for divorce without offering traditional grounds. The court will not ask for any other explanation or reason for your divorce. Lastly, unless your ex-spouse has an objection, the divorce process will begin.

Legal separation provides another path to divorce

Legal separation allows you and your spouse to have an opportunity to work things out or get divorced in a less expensive fashion. Even though you are still legally married, legal action is still required to separate. An agreement must be made on child custody, spousal support and dividing the marital assets.

You and your spouse must have lived separate from each other for at least 60 days before filing for a legal separation. After the court has received your petition, you must stay legally separated for at least one year before filing for divorce.

If you are thinking about getting a divorce, it might be in your best interest to seek the help of a knowledgeable family law attorney. Attempting to file for divorce without a lawyer may cause you to miss out on your share of marital assets. Your attorney will understand the financial risks at stake and will fight for you to receive the property and assets you may be entitled to receive.