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Family Law Archives

Taxes, Marriage Dissolution and Kentucky Law

In any dissolution, questions about taxes loom large, particularly during tax season. In most families, one partner has traditionally assumed the responsibility of preparation of household financial documents and continues on with the chore out of habit. Sadly, with the shattering of the trust that comes about from the end of a marriage,there also comes a reluctance on the part of the partner who hadn't previously prepared those documents to cooperate.

Holiday Schedules - the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Parenting time becomes especially fraught with discord at the holidays. Each parent wants to have the children for their extended family's holiday traditions during the earliest phases of litigation, and later, once new relationships are forged, parents want holiday schedules to mesh with those of their new significant other.

Frequently asked questions about prenuptial agreements

Getting married is an exciting time in the life of every couple. With marriage comes the responsibility of joining two separate lives into one. However, with divorce rates steadily increasing, couples believe it is important to protect their assets. In order to accomplish this, many choose to sign a prenuptial agreement.

How to Communicate During Your Family Law Dispute

In family law matters, as relationships collapse, this office all too frequently finds itself undoing damage done by litigants who inadvertently make bad decisions in how they communicate at each step of the process. These decisions tend to be born in a cauldron of vindictiveness, pride or stubbornness, and always lead to negative results. Under Kentucky law, it is very difficult to obtain a mulligan (or "redo", for all non-golfers), so it is very important to attempt good decisionmaking and effective communications from the start.

Divorce as a Consequence of Life

In the movies, the prevailing story arc bends toward successful resolution of conflict, usually between "diamonds in the rough".  Epiphanies occur, differences get patched, circumstances are dealt with and everyone goes on to live in some configuration of happily ever after, full of love and mutual respect.

Your Family Law Dispute and Your Job

Whenever family law disputes are occurring (be they divorce, custody or some post-decree modification), there is significant stress that impacts all facets of a litigant's life with relation to job performance, debt, money management, routine household tasks and productivity.  With employment, statistical studies of large-scale employers usually reflect 50-75% drops in productivity by the worker in such an action, as well as a "ripple effect" among the co-workers and line managers who struggle to adjust and cover for the productivity loss.

DEADBEAT - Family Law Child Support Shame Show

On family law child support issues, Louisville judges were always pretty predictable.  Nowadays, we've seen a new weapon added to the arsenal, a public shaming broadcast complete with nasty commentary.  Called "Deadbeat" this daily program on family law is designed to titillate, and cannot be avoided by court participants - all of the circumstances are put up for public display.

Kentucky Family Law on Private Education and College Expenses

A family law question which frequently arises in my office is whether someone can be ordered to pay the costs of private (usually religious) education as a portion of child support, and whether Kentucky will require someone to pay college expenses.  My usual answer is simple - in the absence of a written agreement, on a general basis, payment for private education won't be required unless there are some special educational circumstances involving specific learning difficulties and a professional recommendation advocating attendance at a specific private school.  

Family Law Policy Change on Same Sex Marriages in KY

A major shift of family law policy in Kentucky regarding same sex marriages performed in other states has come about through a ruling from an unexpected source.  US District Judge John Heyburn has ruled that Kentucky is required to recognize same sex marriages and domestic partnerships performed in other states, regardless of language in its Constitution and statutes prohibiting recognition of those unions.

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