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

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

Divorcing your Business Partner

Melissa DossDivorce, Lawyer

When people get married, they always hope for ‘happily ever after,’ the sad fact is that 52 percent of all first marriages and 70 percent of second and third marriages end in divorce. Divorce is difficult for everybody involved. When one or both spouses own a business, the process can be that much worse. Your business is your baby. You … Read More

Social Media’s Impact on Divorce

Melissa DossDivorce

There are over 2.1 billion smart phone users. There are over 2.2 billion Facebook users. It’s not hard to imagine the number of people snapping pictures of their kids, games, dates, family, pets, or other personal information on social media. People considering divorce should use caution. In a divorce case social media can provide evidence that can be used against one … Read More

Resources for victims of domestic violence

Melissa DossDivorce, Lawyer

I recently read an article on Lex18.com about a woman that was trying to divorce her incarcerated husband but was being forced by the courts to pay for his attorney. As it turns out, the husband received a 10 year sentence for beating her and firing a gun at her. Since he is in prison, the courts deemed him unable … Read More

Is a Prenup Right For You?

Melissa DossDivorce, Lawyer, Partnership agreement

Did you know that Prenuptial Agreements were not enforced in Kentucky prior to 1990? The courts maintained that Prenuptial Agreements promoted divorce. Thankfully times have changed and prenuptial agreements are very common in today’s marriages. Once thought of as the “get out of jail free cards” of the married world, these commonplace agreements are used as baseline protection for people … Read More

Effects of separation on kids

Melissa DossDivorce, Lawyer, Partnership agreement

in the United States, and most of the Western Civilization, more than 90 percent of people marry. Healthy marriages are good for couples’ mental and physical health and also good for children. Growing up in a happy home decreases the likelihood of mental, physical, educational and social problems. Unfortunately, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States … 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