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

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