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Kentucky Divorce Residency Requirements

In order to file your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in Kentucky, you must make sure the Circuit Court has jurisdiction over your case. The most common way spouses are eligible to use a specific court system is by meeting the residency requirements. Meeting the Kentucky residency requirements is typically only a concern for a spouse who has recently moved or is planning to move in the near future. The filing requirements are as follows:

Court may enter decree of dissolution or separation. (1) The Circuit Court shall enter a decree of dissolution of marriage if: (a) The court finds that one (1) of the parties, at the time the action was commenced, resided in this state, or was stationed in this state while a member of the armed services, and that the residence or military presence has been maintained for 180 days next preceding the filing of the petition.

The Dissolution of Marriage is typically filed with in county in which the filing spouse lives. (Kentucky Statutes - Title 35 - Chapters: 403.140 and 452.470)

Since dissolution of marriage is governed by state law, it is required that you meet specific residency requirements in order to file for a dissolution of marriage in the state of Kentucky. It is most common that people file for a dissolution of marriage in the county in which they live. You can also read more about the Kentucky residency requirements in the Kentucky state statutes located at: http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/. If you are unsure of whether or not you meet the Kentucky residency requirements you can try contacting the Clerk’s office of the domestic relations or family law division of your county courthouse.