Facts about Marsy’s Law

Melissa Dossnews

Jessie Balmert, jbalmert@enquirer.comPublished 2:10 p.m. ET Oct. 9, 2017 | Updated 10:31 a.m. ET Nov. 2, 2017 COLUMBUS – Issue 1, also known as Marsy’s Law, seems like a slam dunk. After all, who would vote against a crime victims’ bill of rights? “Supporting victims of crime is something that we all can agree on because it is about doing the right … Read More

What is ‘Marsy’s Law’ on Kentucky ballot?

Melissa Dossnews

Marsy’s Law will be on the ballot in a couple of weeks and you should know more about it before you sign on the dotted line. All versions of Marsy’s Law on the ballot this year would make it a state constitutional right for people directly harmed by a crime to request and receive notification when the alleged perpetrator is … Read More

First Lady Glenna Bevin launches ‘Uniting the Community’ to rally support for foster care, adoption

Melissa Dossadoption info

Posted on the Northern Kentucky Tribune First Lady Glenna Bevin joined with the Governor’s Office of Faith and Community Based Initiatives, Orphan Care Alliance, and 16 local organizations in Hardin County to launch “Uniting the Community” on Sunday. This new initiative engages the faith community, local government, and nonprofit organizations to empower Kentucky families to support foster care and adoption. … Read More

Adoption, foster care reform committee has initial meeting

Melissa Dossadoption info, Lawyer, news

By TOM LATEK, Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – A new committee created as part of the adoption and foster care reform legislation passed in the spring met for the first time on Monday. The committee selected co-chairman – Sen. Julie Raque Adams and Rep. David Meade – by acclamation. Meade, who was instrumental in moving the adoption foster care … Read More

House Bill 528 a KY First of it’s Kind

Melissa Dossadoption info, Custody, Divorce, Lawyer, news, Partnership agreement

Jason Griffith, Opinion contributor for Cincinnati.com provided an insightful piece on this new legislation that took affect this month titled “Opinion: Black fathers benefit from Ky.’s new joint custody law“. House Bill 582 makes Kentucky the first state to have a shared parenting from the beginning. On July 14, Kentucky became the first state with a shared parenting starting point … Read More

House Bill 528 took affect this month

Melissa DossCustody, Divorce, Lawyer

House Bill 528, signed by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin in April, states that there will a presumption that joint parenting and equally shared custody is in the best interest of the child. If one of the parties involved believes custody should be different form that, they will have to prove it. Manda Barger and Chris Yu from Channel 6 break … Read More

New child-custody law lets Ky. children win with shared parenting

Melissa DossDivorce

BY MATT HALE – Original article  April 12, 2017 04:50 PM Monday, Gov. Matt Bevin signed a revised law affecting temporary child-custody orders — the starting point for divorces. Kentucky’s House and Senate unanimously approved the law, which creates a presumption of joint custody and equal parenting time. The new law, House Bill 492, answers many Kentucky children’s prayers. The Easter … Read More

How will the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affect you?

Melissa DossDivorce, Lawyer, modifications

IRS overhaul throws divorce calculations into turmoil BY KATE ROCKWOOD – original article here In the often messy financial negotiations that are part of divorce, one rule has always been clear across state lines for 75 years: Alimony was deductible for the payer, and the recipient paid income tax on it. Now, President Donald Trump’s tax code overhaul has thrown … Read More

What is Lasting Power of Attorney?

Melissa Dossguardianship, Lawyer, modifications, Wills

You may not realize it, but a Lasting Power of Attorney is probably as important a document as a Will. What’s a Lasting Power of Attorney? A Durable Power of Attorney is a legal document that authorizes one person to act on behalf of another person in financial and legal matters. It is called “Durable” because it remains valid after … Read More

Summer break is approaching!

Melissa DossCustody, Divorce

If you are recently divorced with children, here is a review of the Kentucky Court guidelines for time sharing as the 2018 school year comes to an end. The full document can be found HERE. The following schedules are suggested as guidelines for the parents and the court establishing time-sharing/visitation schedules. Each case will present unique facts or circumstances which … Read More