Marriage in Kentucky

“As used and recognized in the law of the Commonwealth, ‘marriage’ refers only to the civil status, condition, or relation of one (1) man and one (1) woman united in law for life, for the discharge to each other and the community of the duties legally incumbent upon those whose association is founded on the distinction of sex.” – Kentucky Revised Statutes 402.005

Divorce and family fragmentation cost the state of Kentucky $654 million per year.
Kentucky has an average of approximately 20,000 divorces per year.
Kentucky consistently ranks in the Top 10 of states with the highest divorce rates.
Nearly 60% of divorces involve children.
Over 1/3 of births in Kentucky – approximately 35% – are to unmarried mothers.
In a 2004 University of Kentucky study on Kentuckians’ marriage attitudes, 87% of survey respondents said that divorce is a serious national problem; 61% believed that society would be better off if divorces were harder to get; and 73% agreed that parents who have children together ought to be married.