In Lexington, KY, a divorce can only occur when at least one party believes the marriage is "irretrievably broken". In other words, the party filing for divorce must believe reconciliation is not a viable option. Kentucky, like most other states, also has a residency requirement for obtaining a divorce. Kentucky requires one of the parties to have been a Kentucky resident for at least 180 days prior to the filing of the petition. Kentucky will also maintain jurisdiction in divorce cases when one of the parties has been present in Kentucky by virtue of a military residence for 180 days. KRS 403.140. Keep in mind the divorce petition must also contain numerous other elements to be valid. Finally, various other requirements must be met before a Kentucky court will entertain jurisdiction. If you (or a loved one) are interested in obtaining a divorce in Lexington, KY (or a nearby county), give Lexington Divorce Lawyer Breck Norment a call for a free consultation.