A divorce case involves three (3) major steps. The amount of time and documentation involved in each step can vary between cases, but below is an overview of the major milestones of a divorce case in Louisville and elsewhere in Kentucky.
Step 1: The Filing
One spouse decides he or she will be filing the initial paperwork
That spouse will be known as the Petitioner
The divorce petition outlines basic facts of the marriage (not all details nor the terms of an agreement)
The non-filing spouse (known as the Respondent) will either hire an attorney or can sign an Entry of Appearance & Waiver
Step 2: The Finances
Even in cases where the parties have no joint assets and/or agree on everything, financial forms must be filed so the Court can assess the fairness of any agreement