Adoption, foster care reform committee has initial meeting

Melissa Dossadoption info, Lawyer, news

By TOM LATEK, Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – A new committee created as part of the adoption and foster care reform legislation passed in the spring met for the first time on Monday. The committee selected co-chairman – Sen. Julie Raque Adams and Rep. David Meade – by acclamation. Meade, who was instrumental in moving the adoption foster care … Read More

House Bill 528 a KY First of it’s Kind

Melissa Dossadoption info, Custody, Divorce, Lawyer, news, Partnership agreement

Jason Griffith, Opinion contributor for Cincinnati.com provided an insightful piece on this new legislation that took affect this month titled “Opinion: Black fathers benefit from Ky.’s new joint custody law“. House Bill 582 makes Kentucky the first state to have a shared parenting from the beginning. On July 14, Kentucky became the first state with a shared parenting starting point … Read More

House Bill 528 took affect this month

Melissa DossCustody, Divorce, Lawyer

House Bill 528, signed by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin in April, states that there will a presumption that joint parenting and equally shared custody is in the best interest of the child. If one of the parties involved believes custody should be different form that, they will have to prove it. Manda Barger and Chris Yu from Channel 6 break … 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

What is Lasting Power of Attorney?

Melissa Dossguardianship, Lawyer, modifications, Wills

You may not realize it, but a Lasting Power of Attorney is probably as important a document as a Will. What’s a Lasting Power of Attorney? A Durable Power of Attorney is a legal document that authorizes one person to act on behalf of another person in financial and legal matters. It is called “Durable” because it remains valid after … 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

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

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