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

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