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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.

Private School and College - A Kentucky Family Law Obligation?

A family law question which occasionally gets asked of this office is whether someone can be court-ordered to pay the costs of private education as a part of child support. I also hear queries about whether Kentucky law requires someone to pay college expenses or child support to a parent who has a college student living in their home. My usual answer is that in the absence of a written agreement,  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.

Private School and Post High School Education Expenses

In some jurisdictions in the United States, there are significant battles over the payment of private school tuition for minor children as well as the tuition obligations of children who have achieved the age of majority. Some of those battles are legislative as advocates work to install such a requirement, and in in other jurisdictions, statutes requiring just that are being challenged.

Child Support and the Award of College Expenses

In many states, there are significant battles over the payment of child support and tuition obligations of offspring of the parties that has achieved the age of majority. Some of those battles are legislative as advocates work to install such a requirement, and in  in  other jurisdictions,  statutes requiring just that are being challenged.

Kentucky Child Support - Fight for Your Rights

All too frequently in calls regarding child support, I hear fathers tell me that they accepted parental responsibility at birth, at the hospital, without any genetic testing being completed.  Sometimes they're sure, sometimes they're just guessing, sometimes they're just plain duped.  Of course, all too often, by the time someone actually thinks to test, many years have gone by and a firm parental relationship is established.

Child Support, College and Kentucky - Are There Obligations?

In a number of states, there are significant battles over the continuation of child support and expense obligations through the college years of a child that has achieved the age of majority. Some of those battles are legislative, inasmuch as advocates are trying to get such a requirement installed; in some jurisdictions, those statutes are being challenged.  I've run across this issue from time to time over the years, sometimes in the course of enforcement, sometimes with parents who ask the question at the onset of proceedings.  Inevitably, I advise people to decline to put college expenses into a Marital Settlement Agreement. 

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