Divorce Cost in Kentucky

Divorce cost in Kentucky can be very low if the couple filed for an ‘agreed divorce’ and prepares the necessary document personally. The templates are available online and in this case the minimal cost of the proceedings will be about $220. This includes the court-filing fee (starts at $113 and differs depending on the county) and the mandatory papers service. The average cost of a contested divorce in Kentucky that involves hiring an attorney is $10,000.

The state of Kentucky requires one of the spouses to be officially served with a copy of the divorce complaint, regardless of whether the divorce is amicable. This will cost you between $40 and $50. Those who cannot afford to pay the court filing fees and other necessary payments can apply for an exemption. You should contact the court clerk or check online resources to find out more.

Over 95% of Kentucky divorces are settled out of court. An uncontested case can be streamlined to minimize the costs. The cases involving minor children might require a trial. However, if the parents settle child support and custody matters out of court, the trial should take about 15 minutes.

Contested cases involving children will bring the divorce cost in Kentucky up to $15,000 and can reach $18,000 if the case goes to trial and becomes complicated. Note that these cases will be no less than 50% more expensive than divorces without children.

Note that court filing fees and other mandatory payments vary depending on the county. The hourly rates of attorneys depend on the complexity of the case and some other factors. Therefore, you’ll need to get a personal consultation as well as find out the fees from your local court clerk in order to know accurate numbers.

Name of the service Costs
Court filing fee $113-$153
Summons $50
Notary costs $0.5
Papers service $40-$50
Attorney services $250 per hour (on average)

There are also additional expenses that may be needed:

Name of the service Costs
Property appraisal $304 (on average)
Parenting classes $25-$85 per spouse
Psychological services $50-150 (per hour)
Certifications $5
Copies $0.25-$0.5 (per page)