Kansas Divorce FAQ

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Whether your divorce is contentious or not, whether you have children or not, whether you have a lot of assets or not, whether just about anything, there is one common theme among all divorce: it is emotionally taxing. Under those circumstances, it can be easy to overlook an important matter or to compromise to something to your detriment. A divorce lawyer in Kansas will make sure nothing is missing and that the divorce is fair and considers your rights and interests.

At the Shivley Law Firm, P.A., our divorce lawyer helps clients understand what's at stake. Some of the most common questions asked are answered here for you. We know that informed clients make better decisions for themselves and their families. If you want specific answers that relate to your unique situation, contact us online or at (785) 537-8415 to schedule a consultation.

How much will my divorce in Kansas cost?

The cost of your divorce will depend on multiple factors, but mainly it depends on whether the divorce is contested or not. Quite naturally, an uncontested divorce will not cost as much simply because the process is much more straightforward. In an uncontested divorce, you may not even see a day inside the courtroom. But in contested divorces, the costs depend on factors like:

  • The extent of the disputes or disagreements between the spouses
  • The potential for custody battles
  • The number of assets, including the allegations of hidden assets
  • The attorney you hire––and that does not only mean the attorney fees but the lawyer's legal competency and negotiating skills

Giving a precise prediction of how much your divorce will cost is impossible because of the various factors that go into it. The starting point in terms of costs is the filing fee associated with the divorce complaint, and then from there, it depends on the circumstances.

What if my spouse does not want a divorce?

Kansas allows no-fault divorce.  No fault simply means the marriage has irretrievably broken down or the spouses have irreconcilable differences.  

How is Kansas child custody or support determined?

Child custody, visitation, and child support are determined case-by-case with each state having its specific, respective guidelines. These matters, however, are always determined by considering the "best interests of the child" standard. In general, though, courts want both parents to build strong relationships with their children. Courts also recognize that both parents are financially responsible for the child. Child custody, visitation, and child support will reflect those beliefs as the basis of the determination.

How is Kansas alimony determined?

Alimony, also referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance, is determined on a case-by-case basis. The Court will consider the present earning ability and future earning opportunities of the spouses along with other criteria. 

How are assets and debt divided in Kansas?

Assets and debt are divided between you and your spouse based on equitable distribution. 

My spouse is abusive. How do I protect myself during the divorce?

Spouses who have abusive spouses are in most danger when they seek divorce. You should protect yourself by getting as much help and support as you can. You can file a restraining order in order to protect yourself and your children. You also want to build a network of support using friends and family as well as a supportive family law attorney.

How do I start my divorce in Kansas?

To start any divorce in Kansas, you have to file a petition to dissolve the marriage with the court clerk. Once the petition is filed, the other spouse has a certain number of days to answer the petition. The most efficient way to start a divorce is to contact a divorce attorney to handle it for you. This way the petition is properly filed and/or timely answered. 

Contact a Divorce Lawyer in Kansas Today

If you are thinking of a divorce or have been served divorce papers, contact the Shivley Law Firm, P.A. either by using the online contact form or calling us at (785) 537-8415. We will schedule a consultation so that you can get your most immediate questions answered more specifically.

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