Interactive Divorce Forms (Jefferson County, Kentucky) - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Why should I sign up for a user-name and password on the server?

What if I have children of the marriage? Can I use the online interactive program?

How long will my divorce take?

I have not heard anything about my divorce. What should I do?

What should I do if I said that my spouse would sign an agreement, but now my spouse is unwilling to sign an agreement?

I tried to serve my spouse at what I thought was the correct address. The mail has been returned undelivered and I do not know how to serve my spouse.

Am I filing online?

What if the warning order attorney has filed his/her report, but it has not been 50 days since the warning order attorney was appointed. Can I still file my second set of papers?

What if my spouse has responded?

What if my spouse has hired an attorney?

What Is Kentucky On-line Self-Help Assistance?

What should I expect?

Who can use this program?

What should I know about representing myself in court?

My spouse has reacted negatively to being served with divorce papers. I am now fearful for my safety. What should I do?

Why can’t I see the interview? I keep getting an error message: “There’s a problem. Could not find question. Unable to proceed.”

What software is needed to download and print the forms?

Do I need a specific browser to access the interactive forms?

When I click the link to complete the forms, I'm taken to the NPADO server. What is this?

How can I learn more about the security of the server that hosts the documents?

 

Why should I sign up for a user-name and password on the server ?

Signing up for a user-name and password allows you to save your answers each time you complete an interactive court form. Your answers are stored on a secure, encrypted server and are not accessible to anyone but you, unless you have shared your username and password. Click here to read about the server privacy policy.

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What if I have children of the marriage? Can I use the online interactive program?

No, the online interactive program is only for people without children of the marriage. If you and your spouse have children of the marriage, then you can either buy a forms packet from the Jefferson Family Court Clerk or downtown Louisville licensing bureaus, or you can click here for the blank forms and instructions on completing them.

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How long will my divorce take?

The answer to this question is up to you. If you follow the instructions and proceed with the proper steps in a timely fashion, your divorce will go more quickly. If you wait for someone to contact you, fail to file any of your documents, or fail to attend any hearings, your divorce will take more time. The timeline for your divorce also depends on your individual circumstances. For instance, if your spouse agrees to the divorce and will sign all the papers, then your divorce may take less time. Regardless, most divorces should take somewhere between three to nine months. Remember, you are NOT divorced until you receive your divorce decree signed by the judge.

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I have not heard anything about my divorce. What should I do?

It is likely that you will not hear anything about your divorce. If you have a question about the status of your case you need to call 502- 595-3025 to speak with the Jefferson County family court clerk.

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What should I do if I said that my spouse would sign an agreement, but now my spouse is unwilling to sign an agreement?

You can still file for a divorce even if your spouse will not sign an agreement. You will need to print a civil summons. Fill out the information required. Fill out your name and address next to “Petitioner”, and your spouse’s name and address next to “Respondent”. Take your forms to the Jefferson County Family Court Clerk’s Office at 700 West Jefferson Street . You will need your petition, form 1A and your mandatory case disclosure, form 2A, along with the Case Data Information Sheet and your filing fee. You cannot pay the filing fee, make sure you also have form 9 with you, filled out, and signed in front of a notary. Make sure you have signed all your forms in front of a notary before filing. Many banks and places of worship have notaries available. You cannot file your forms at the Family Court Clerk without signing them in front of a notary. You will need to ask the clerk for a copy of the VS-300, or “Certificate of Divorce”. You MUST type this form and sign it as “Attorney for the Plaintiff” in black ink.

After you file your forms, you will need to mail the summons to your spouse by certified mail along with a copy of the Petition, form 1A and the Mandatory Case Disclosure, form 2A. If you are filing to proceed without paying court costs, you do NOT need to mail out the summons and the other forms at this time.

Wait 2 weeks. Call 595-3025 to see that your spouse has been served.

Also, you may have to wait 2 weeks to find out if your motion to proceed without paying was approved (Form #9). If it is not approved you will need to pay costs within 10 days. The judge will send you something in the mail informing you whether you have been approved to proceed without paying court costs or not.

If you have not been approved to proceed without paying you will need to make copies of 1A, 2A, the Case Data Information sheet and summons and send them to your spouse by certified mail.

If you know the address of your spouse, but believe that your spouse will try to avoid service you may serve your spouse by sheriff. You will need to make copies of 1A, 2A, case data sheet, summons and give them to the sheriff to serve your spouse. The Jefferson County Family Court Clerk will inform you where the sheriff is located. There will be a $50 for this service.

20 days after your spouse has been served you may log back onto the online divorce program to finish your forms.

You are not divorced until you have filed your second set of forms and then received the Decree of Dissolution back from the Court, signed by the judge and entered by the Court. This will come in the mail.

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I tried to serve my spouse at what I thought was the correct address. The mail has been returned undelivered and I do not know how to serve my spouse.

If you have exhausted all possible ways to find out your spouse’s address, you need to file for a Warning Order Attorney. After you have completed the form and printed it, you need to read over it very carefully. Make sure that all the information is correct and current. Make sure that you provide a last known address for your spouse, even if the only other address you know is the address you both had when you lived together. Do not sign the form until you are with a notary. Take your form to your bank or other source to have them notarized. You cannot file your forms at the Family Court Clerk without signing them in front of a notary. You will sign as the petitioner.

Take your form to the Jefferson County Family Court Clerk’s Office at 700 W. Jefferson .

If your motion to proceed without paying was denied, the warning order attorney will cost somewhere around $50-$100.

If the warning order attorney is appointed, he/she is allowed 50 days to try to locate your spouse. 50 days after the appointment of the warning order attorney you should log back on to the online divorce program and finish your forms.

You are not divorced until you have filed your second set of forms and then received the Decree of Dissolution back from the Court, signed by the judge and entered by the Court. This will come in the mail.

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Am I filing online?

You are only completing an interview online. This interview will transport your answers onto forms that can be submitted to the court. You are not actually filing by taking the interview. You will need to print the forms after you complete the interview, or save the forms to a disk, a cd, or to your computer, and print them later. You will have to take the forms to be notarized, then file them with the family court clerk.

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What if the warning order attorney has filed his/her report, but it has not been 50 days since the warning order attorney was appointed. Can I still file my second set of papers?

You need to wait the full 50 days before filing your other paperwork.

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What if my spouse has responded?

If your spouse has responded you need to file a form number 10 to schedule a hearing. You need to send a copy of this to your spouse.

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What if my spouse has hired an attorney?

If your spouse has hired an attorney you probably need to hire an attorney. You can contact a private attorney by calling the Kentucky Lawyer Referral at 502-583-1801.

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What Is Kentucky On-line Self-Help Assistance?

Kentucky On-line Self-Help Assistance is designed to help individuals representing themselves in court complete the forms they need easily and accurately online.

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What should I expect?

You will answer questions in an interview format and your answers will be used to fill in Kentucky Jefferson County court approved forms relevant to your court case. At the end of the interview, you will be able to download your documents for printing. Instructions about what to do next will be included in your printed form packet. You are only completing the forms on-line. You ARE NOT filing the forms on-line.

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Who can use this program?

This program is designed for low income Kentucky residents who are representing themselves in family court.

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How much does it cost?

There is no cost for using this program. However, please note there are fees for filing with the family court. The fees are $113. It may be paid by cash, money order, or check, made out to Jefferson Circuit Court Clerk. The clerk will not accept debit or credit cards. Additionally, you may need to pay the cost of serving your spouse by certified mail, warning order attorney or sheriff. If you feel that you cannot pay the fees, you may file a form with the court to proceed without paying. This form will print out automatically if you have the potential to qualify. The judge will determine according to your income, whether you will have to pay the filing fees. There may be additional costs for copies.

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What should I know about representing myself in court?

When you represent yourself in court you are held to the same standards as an attorney. Your preparation, paperwork, and your conduct at all hearings must comply with court rules and orders. You should always talk to a lawyer about your legal issues before filing any legal paperwork. Even if you do not hire a lawyer to appear in your case, a lawyer can give you information about your rights. Click HERE to read our full warning.

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My spouse has reacted negatively to being served with divorce papers. I am now fearful for my safety. What should I do?

You can call the Center for Women and Families at 1-877-803-7577. They can help you develop a safety plan.

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Why can’t I see the interview? I keep getting an error message: “There’s a problem. Could not find question. Unable to proceed.”

Adobe Macromedia Flash Player MUST be installed on the computer you are using in order to view the interviews. If Flash is not installed, you will get an error message at the beginning of your interview indicating there’s a problem. If you are using your own computer it’s safe, easy to install, and free.

To download the latest version of Flash, click here: Adobe Macromedia Flash
Scroll down and click “Install Now”. You do not need the Yahoo! toolbar and should uncheck that box if you don't want to install it.

Please Note: If you are using a public computer, check with the organization to find out if Macromedia Flash Player is already installed. You may need to restart your computer after installation.

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What software is needed to download and print the forms?

The interactive court forms download for printing in Rich Text Format (.rtf), which can be opened only in Microsoft Word. Make sure when downloading the documents your computer chooses that program to download the documents. Otherwise you will likely experience formatting or other errors such as getting nonsense or "gibberish" rather than a document. Note: Microsoft WordPad is NOT the same as Microsoft Word. Using WordPad WILL cause problems with your documents.

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Do I need a specific browser to access the interactive forms?

To access the interactive court forms, make sure to use an updated, Flash-enabled internet browser such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla. You may want to check for the latest version of the browser by visiting their website.

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When I click the link to complete the forms, I'm taken to the NPADO server. What is this?

NPADO stands for National Public Documents Online. This was a server donated by Lexis Nexis to Legal Service programs throughout the US to host online documents for low-income individuals. This server hosts all of the Kentucky interactive court forms. It is an encrypted, secure server. Click here to read the NPADO frequently asked questions.

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How can I learn more about the security of the server that hosts the documents?

Click here to read the full privacy policy.

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Date Reviewed: 
Friday, November 22, 2013