Common Questions About Estate Planning

Melissa DossLawyer, Wills

estate planning

I think Estate Planning is often one of the most overlooked necessities. We always seem to come up with higher priority items like college savings plans, retirement plans, what kind of coffee to get on the way to work. Well, it’s important. That’s why I am sharing a great resource from the folks over at Edward Jones. It’s just about … Read More

The Myth of “Common Law” Marriage

Melissa DossDivorce, Lawyer, Partnership agreement

I was recently asked about common law marriage in Kentucky, specifically about what it takes to get a divorce. If you asked almost anybody, they would say that people are considered married if they live in the same household for a certain number of years. In Kentucky, that just isn’t the case. Common law marriage goes all the way back … Read More

What are the requirements for divorce in Kentucky?

Melissa DossDivorce

A dissolution of marriage process may eliminate much of the divorce process and expense. Unlike a divorce, fault grounds are not at issue.  Dissolution is often thought of as no-fault divorce. If you are a resident of Kentucky, and you intend to file for dissolution, you should understand some of the basic requirements. The court requires that at least one of … Read More

Breaking up is hard to do…

Melissa DossDivorce, Lawyer, Opinion

Imagine you meet that perfect someone, fall in love, and they move in to your home.  A few rocky years later you come crashing back to Earth and realize the relationship was a mistake. The relationship ends but the other person has no place to go and asks if they can pay rent to stay. You accept the offer and … Read More

Tips to Survive the Holidays for Divorced Parents

Melissa DossDivorce

I came across this article and thought it was completely relevant since we are smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. As I re-post this article from huffingtonpost.com, please remember that one of the most important things mentioned in this article is that the kids should come first. Written by Kyung (Kathryn) Dickerson and Alan Plevy Divorce is difficult for … Read More

Will i have to pay maintenance?

Melissa DossDivorce

Another very common question I get is “Will i have to pay maintenance?” DivorceNet did a good job of summarizing it for us. Maintenance is another way of saying spousal support or alimony. During a divorce either spouse may ask the court for an order for maintenance either during the divorce to provide support for the transition, or after the divorce … Read More

How is child support calculated?

Melissa DossDivorce

I think the number one question I receive on a regular basis is “how is child support calculated?” In Kentucky, when a court sets child support, the court begins by looking at the monthly gross income of both parents. Please note that it is not based on the parent’s take home pay. The court will use both salary history and W2’s for the last … Read More

Upskirting is legal in Georgia – what?!

Melissa DossOpinion

Upskirting is the practice of surreptitiously photographing underneath a female’s dress or skirt. Upskirting often occurs by perverts who carry small video cameras or cell phones with photo capability in escalators in public places, outdoor parks, and shopping malls. Overall, it’s a pretty reprehensible act. Unfortunately, Georgia joined Massachusetts in saying it’s okay. As a woman, it disappoints me to see … Read More

Law firms in Walmart?

Melissa Dossnews

It’s true. I suppose you can’t be surprised to see this, but it is nice to see people finding new ways to getting their legal needs met. Law firms are already inside some US Wal-Marts “When Evan Kaine, a personal injury attorney in Atlanta read a story in the May 2016 issue of the ABA Journal about Axess Law opening up … Read More