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WHAT LEGAL ISSUES DO KANSAS COURTS DECIDE IN DIVORCE CASES?

Under Kansas law, a district court presiding over a divorce case can, at the case’s conclusion, can enter any or all of the following orders:

(1) An order changing or terminating the parties' marital status by divorce, annulment or separate maintenance;

(2) an order making an equitable division of the parties' property as authorized by article 28 of chapter 23 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto;

(3) an order regarding spousal support as authorized by article 29 of chapter 23 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto;

(4) an order for child support as authorized by article 30 of chapter 23 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto;

(5) an order allocating parental decision-making and entering a parenting plan as authorized by article 32 of chapter 23 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto;

(6) an order changing one or both parties' names as authorized by K.S.A. 2017 Supp. 23-2716, and amendments thereto; and

(7) an order awarding costs and attorneys fees to either party under K.S.A. 2017 Supp. 23-2715, and amendments thereto.

K.S.A. 23-2711. That doesn’t mean that the court must enter those orders. It simply means that these are the topics that can be considered in a divorce case and, as such, careful preparation of a divorce case must address the possibility of these topics. Consult an experienced divorce lawyer to determine what issues are likely to arise in your divorce case

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