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

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

The Advantages of Adoption

Melissa Dossadoption info, Lawyer

Adoption affects the child, the birth parents and the adoptive families. It has become a blessing for thousands of families each year. More and more, women are choosing adoption. They understand the benefits of adoption and want what is best for their child. Because of open adoption, relationships can be ongoing between these women and their children. Today, adoption is … Read More

Adoptions Statistics

Melissa Dossadoption info, Lawyer

Here are some adoptions statistics: 62 percent of children adopted privately are placed with the adoptive family when they are newborns or less than one year old. 100 % of all birth mothers have the right to choose the amount of openness they want in their child’s life. 21 percent of private adoptions are transracial. Today, 99 percent of adopted … 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

Common Questions About Estate Planning

Melissa DossLawyer, Wills

estate planning

I think Estate Planning is often one of the most overlooked necessities. We always seem to come up with higher priority items like college savings plans, retirement plans, what kind of coffee to get on the way to work. Well, it’s important. That’s why I am sharing a great resource from the folks over at Edward Jones. It’s just about … 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

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