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

How much does it cost to adopt?

Melissa Dossadoption info, Custody, guardianship, Lawyer

While some private adoption agencies charge for the approval process, training and evaluation, the states social services foster and adoption services are free. In some cases, a fee may be required for a physical evaluation. Regardless of agency, according to adopt.ky.gov, In Kentucky, “there are 8,084 ​children in out of home care with an average age of 9.8 years. There … Read More

What is a Guardianship?

Melissa DossCustody, guardianship, Lawyer

Guardianship is a legal process used to protect individuals who are unable to care for their own well-being due to infancy, incapacity or disability. When the Ward, or person that requires a legal guardian to care for them, is in need of special protection, the court will appoint a legal guardian to take care of them. Legal guardians have the … Read More

What is Family Court like?

Melissa Dossadoption info, Custody, Divorce, Lawyer, Opinion, Wills

I get asked all the time what family court is like? Does it feel like a criminal court? Can I plead the fifth? Guilty or not guilty? Family court in Kentucky is different than other courts and uses a case management system. It’s focused on one family, one judge, and one court. According to Ky.gov, “Family Court is involved in … Read More

What happens when a parent doesn’t follow the rules?

Melissa DossCustody, Divorce, Lawyer

custody

I recently heard a story about a divorced couple with two children. The former spouses adopted the state guidelines for their divorce which stated the mother retained full custody while the father had every other weekend, one evening on opposite weeks, and a full week a year for vacation. For a short time, everybody followed the rules, but eventually the … Read More

What is Joint Custody vs. Sole Custody?

Melissa DossCustody, Divorce

child custody

Your attorney should explain the difference is between joint custody and sole custody—but here are the basics.  When the court does not believe the parents can cooperate well enough to work together for the child, the court will award sole custody to one parent over the other. In most cases however, joint custody is based on the courts belief that encouraging parents … Read More

Minding the Kids in Divorce: Minimizing the Mental Health Impact

Melissa DossCustody, Divorce

New research finds silver lining in kids’ resilience, but experts emphasize vigilance. ORIGINAL ARTICLE By Michael O. SchroederJan. 19, 2016, at 2:44 p.m.  With up to half of marriages in the U.S. ending in divorce – and rates of divorce higher for subsequentmarriages – many children face challenges from their parents’ split that can follow them for a lifetime, including … Read More

Who gets custody?

Melissa DossCustody, Divorce

father custody

Have you ever heard that mothers always get custody of children in a divorce? It wasn’t to long ago that this was, for the most part, true. Most courts automatically presumed the mother was best suited to take care of their children. Most states no longer honor that presumption, however. (In fact, some states have passed laws stating that there is … Read More