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Family Law Attorneys in Somerset, Kentucky

Nothing is more precious than family. When bringing an attorney into your family affairs, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. The compassionate family law attorneys at The Law Office of Jeremy A. Bartley are here to guide you through whatever problem you are facing. Advocating for your needs, they are dedicated to making the process as stress-free as possible.

Divorce in Kentucky

Whether you are filing for a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce, there are certain requirements you and your spouse must meet when seeking a legal divorce in Kentucky. State laws outline the following stipulations:

  • Residency - At least one member of the couple must be a resident or stationed at a military base in Kentucky. He or she must also have been residing or present in the state for at least 180 days before filing for a divorce.

  • Duration of Separation - Spouses seeking a divorce must live apart for at least 60 days before the final divorce decree can be entered. Kentucky allows for spouses to live in the same house as each other but must go without sexual cohabitation for at least 60 days.

  • “No-Fault” Grounds - The state of Kentucky is a “no-fault” state, which allows for spouses to obtain a divorce if one or both spouses believe the marriage is “irretrievably broken,” meaning, there is no possible chance for reconciliation.

No matter the situation, the family law attorneys at The Law Office of Jeremy A. Bartley are on your side. If you are wishing to file for divorce and are in the need of a steadfast advocate, contact The Law Office of Jeremy A. Bartley in Somerset, Kentucky, today to schedule a free consultation. They also represent residents from London, Wayne County, Lincoln County, McCreary County, and Russell County.

Child Custody Laws

During a divorce, children are often stuck in the middle. Children should be the most important part of a divorce proceeding. When deciding on child custody, Kentucky courts base their decisions on the best interests of the child. A judge will consider different factors to determine the best solution for the children, including the:

  • wishes of the children

  • wishes of the parents

  • parents’ ability to be a good parent

  • emotional bonds between each parent and the children

  • difficulty to adjust to a new home or school for the child

Joint custody is allowed in Kentucky, as well. If you are seeking custody of your children or would like to modify the terms of your child custody agreement, do so with knowledgeable family law attorneys at your side. Contact The Law Office of Jeremy A. Bartley to speak with a child custody attorney who will fight for the safety of your children.

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Adoption is often a happy time for families. However, it is also often complex and time-consuming. Whether you are a stepparent adopting your stepchild or wish to adopt through the foster care system, The Law Office of Jeremy A. Bartley is here to assist you and your family. There are a few laws that are unique to the state of Kentucky, including:

  • Qualifications for Adoption - Both legal children and legal adults can be adopted.

  • Age of Child’s Consent - Children over the age of 12 must consent to their adoption. The court, however, can waive the consent.

  • Who is Eligible to Adopt? - Any person over the age of 18 who is a Kentucky resident or has resided in Kentucky for at least 12 months, can file for adoption. A married couple must petition together unless it is a case of stepparent adoption or the court waived the requirement.

  • Placement in Residency - Unless the child is placed through the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the child must continuously reside in the home of the adopting parents 90 days before the adoption filing.

If you are looking to expand your family through adoption, seek assistance from the attorneys at The Law Office of Jeremy A. Bartley. They are devoted to guiding you through the process and seeking fulfillment of your family’s dreams. Contact them today in Somerset, Kentucky, to set up a free consultation.

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The attorneys at The Law Office of Jeremy A. Bartley are here to offer guidance for you and your family. They compassionately guide families in various family law cases including divorce, both contested and uncontested, child custody, adoption, DNA (Dependency, Neglect, Abuse), and guardianships. If you need legal representation, contact them today to schedule a free consultation. They are located in Somerset, Kentucky, and proudly assist those throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky, including those in Laurel County, Wayne County, Lincoln County, Casey County, and Russell County.

Family Law Attorney in Somerset, Kentucky

Family law matters are often more difficult than others due to their personal nature. The attorneys at The Law Office of Jeremy A. Bartley are dedicated to guiding you and your family toward your desired outcome, whether that is getting a divorce, obtaining child custody, or adopting a child. Contact them today in Somerset, Kentucky, to schedule a free consultation.