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

Common Questions About Estate Planning

Melissa DossLawyer, Wills

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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

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

Law firms in Walmart?

Melissa Dossnews

It’s true. I suppose you can’t be surprised to see this, but it is nice to see people finding new ways to getting their legal needs met. Law firms are already inside some US Wal-Marts “When Evan Kaine, a personal injury attorney in Atlanta read a story in the May 2016 issue of the ABA Journal about Axess Law opening up … Read More

Getting a Will: Six Common Questions

Melissa DossWills

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By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD Let’s assume that you’ll live to a ripe old age and die peacefully in your sleep. Or not. And if not, isn’t it time to think about getting your will done? It’s one of those tasks that many people tend to put off, for obvious reasons. But at least one responsible parent is on the case: A … Read More

The Shared Parenting Myth

Melissa Dossadoption info

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Does open adoption mean shared parenthood? No. Legally, there is only one formal set of parents—the adoptive parents—with the right to make decisions for their child. But the matter goes far beyond legalities. If the birthparents wanted to be parents, they would have chosen to raise the child especially since adoption is so much more difficult than the other alternatives. … Read More

5 Reasons Everyone Should Have a Lawyer

Melissa DossLawyer

Published on January 16, 2013 by jonathan Simply put: Lawyers get a bad rap these days. While I love a good lawyer joke as much as the next guy, the truth is that most lawyers are honest, hard-working and knowledgeable professionals that look out for the best interest of their clients. Like doctors, mechanics or accountants they are professionals with … Read More

Ten Things You Should Know About Divorce

Melissa DossDivorce

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Here are ten very real things to think about when considering a divorce. This article was written by Lina Guillen, Attorney. The whole article can be found here: http://bit.ly/1HKipTI These ten tips will help you ensure you have the right expectations to make your divorce as successful as possible. by Lina Guillen, Attorney When a marriage ends, spouses and their children … Read More