According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there were 6,398 marriage dissolutions in Kansas in 2019, including 6,303 divorces and 95 annulments. A divorce or legal separation can have significant long-term effects on your family, your finances, and your assets. Considering the emotional and psychological toll that divorce can have, a person can easily make irrevocable mistakes during the legal process, especially without detailed guidance or representation.
If you live in Kansas and are considering filing for a divorce or you've just been served with divorce papers, it is crucial that you consult with an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible for proper guidance. With more than 44 years of legal experience, I am committed to helping clients through the complexities of divorce so that they and their families can begin to move forward with their lives.
As your divorce attorney, I will offer you the comprehensive legal counsel, advocacy, and support you need to settle matters of asset division, alimony, child custody, and child support — thereby making the transition as seamless and stress-free as possible. Cornerstone Law, LLC proudly serves clients throughout Newton, Kansas, and the surrounding areas of Wichita, Harvey, Hillsboro, Hutchinson, McPherson, and Marion.
Understanding Kansas Divorce Laws
Pursuant to Kansas Statute 23-2701, a decree of divorce shall be granted by the district court on any of the following grounds:
- Incompatibility ('no-fault' grounds)
- Failure to perform a material marital duty or obligation
- Incompatibility by reason of mental illness or mental incapacity of one or both spouses
To file for divorce in Kansas, one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state for at least 60 days prior to filing. Also, there is a 60-day waiting period between a divorce filing and a court hearing. Additionally, Kansas divorces are categorized into two distinct categories: contested and uncontested divorce.
In a contested divorce, the spouses are unable to mutually agree on one or more key terms and agreements of the divorce settlement. Such divorce issues or relationship differences often can only be settled through a court hearing, where the judge will render a final verdict through an order.
In an uncontested divorce, both spouses mutually agree on the key terms and agreement of the divorce settlement, including asset division, alimony, child support, child custody, and parenting time. The agreed-upon terms and conditions will then be filed with a Kansas court to be officially approved.