Kentucky Divorce Forms & Papers

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Going through a divorce is not easy. It involves a lot of physical and mental trauma, not to forget that it's not only the spouses, but the entire family faces its ill effects, including children. The decision to lead separate lives needs to be taken only after careful consideration of all the other aspects apart from the fact that you cannot stand each other. However, if the marriage is not steady and involves harassment and torture all the time, it's better to call it quits. The burden of divorce is such that most people would like to do a simplified divorce and one that gets over fast. Most people also consider the expenses of a lawyer and try to do a divorce all on their own in order to save the high fees of lawyers. When doing a divorce all on your own you should know where the forms and documents are available in order to proceed with it. Kentucky divorce forms and papers can easily be obtained online and they are also available free of cost. One needs to however, make sure that you download the papers from an authentic site and fill the forms in the correct manner for a smooth and quick divorce.

Residential requirements for Kentucky:

The spouse filing for dissolution of marriage must have been a resident (or a member of the armed services stationed in Kentucky) for 180 days prior to filing. The dissolution of marriage may be filed in a county where either spouse usually resides. [Kentucky Revised Statutes; Title 35, Chapters 403.140 and 452.470]. For more information on filing for separation see our page.

Legal grounds for filing a divorce:

The only no-fault ground for Kentucky is: Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. A final dissolution of marriage will not be granted until the spouses have lived apart for 60 days. ("Living apart" is satisfied even if the spouses live in the same house but they may not have sexual relations). [Kentucky Revised Statutes; Title 35, Chapter 403.140].

Divorce Types:

A divorce can be obtained on an agreed basis or default basis no matter the reason for a divorce or the divorce grounds.

In a agreed divorce both the parties agree for a divorce and are also okay with the terms and conditions of the divorce. In case any of the partner does not agree to certain terms and conditions, the issue is sorted between the two until they do not come to a mutual settlement. If the dispute cannot be sorted by mutual agreement and both the parties contest for the same, it may also lead to a trial. An agreed divorce is the most common form of divorce and most couples opt for it as it is hassle free and can be easily obtained without any further delay. In an agreed divorce both the spouses agree upon the property distribution, child custody and child support on a mutual basis and end their marriage on a good note without digging old stories and past sufferings.

A default divorce on the other hand is not agreed by both the spouses. In fact the procedure of divorce is carried by only one of the spouse. The other spouse just defaults in the case.

Procedure to file a divorce:

The process of filing a divorce can be divided into three steps, this includes:

  • Filing the divorce papers: This is done by either of the spouse. The court then summons the other spouse about the same and asks to submit a written declaration that they agree for the divorce and the grounds on which divorce is obtained is true.
  • Notifying the spouse: The court sends a notification to the spouse about the divorce but it is always better to inform you spouse before hand so that the court orders does not come to them as a surprise.
  • Attending the court hearing: Both the spouses need to be present for the court hearing upon which a divorce is pronounced.


  1. Use these exact words, all in capital letters: CIRCUIT COURT, KENTUCKY (enter the name of the Circuit Court in your area.)
  2. Use these exact words, all in capital letters: PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
  3. Use the word "Petitioner'. Be sure the "P" is capitalized.
  4. Use the word "Respondent". Be sure the "R" is capitalized.
  5. Use these exact words, all in capital letters: DECREE OF DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
  6. Use the word "County" here.

For detailed divorce laws in Kentucky state, please see Kentucky Divorce Laws page.

Free Kentucky Divorce Forms for Download

Following divorce forms are free for download. Most of the forms are provided with instructions on how to fill the form. To download any of these divorce papers and forms just right click on the link and select "Save As...".

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If you don't want to file for divorce papers directly then find Divorce Lawyers in Kentucky here.

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