What is a Quitclaim?

Melissa DossDivorce, Lawyer, Opinion

Today, more than any other time I know of, couples are doing more DIY dissolutions and divorces. Nothing wrong with that – until something goes wrong. I think it’s great when couples can agree to disagree and separate and move on with their lives. Unfortunately, a lot of DIY sites don’t make it as easy as one would think. One … 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

Great site for legal terms

Melissa DossDivorce, Lawyer

I realize that legal jargon can make most heads spin so here is a great page that provides a list of common legal terms and what they mean. Family Law Terms Here is a short snippet from sectoin C – C – COLLUSION: an agreement between two or more persons that one of the parties brings false charges against the other. … Read More

Afraid to Leave Your Spouse?

Melissa DossDivorce, Lawyer

Threats and abuse are a serious matter. If you are afraid, get out of the situation. Walk away and don’t look back. Period. Once you’ve let your spouse know you want a divorce and he or she reacted with threats, don’t stay. It’s hard to swallow but if you are afraid of your spouse then the marriage is over and you need to get … Read More