Category Archives: Child custody

People Ask: “I never get to see my child, do I have to pay support?”

Do I have to pay child support if I don’t have custody or get to see my child? This is a common question I hear and the answer is … Continue reading

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The role of Guardian ad Litem taking shape:

Family Court Judges and Domestic Relations Commissioners have long used private, independent lawyers to facilitate resolving custodial and timeshare disputes in divorces. These lawyers are appointed by the judge as a Guardian ad Litem who is to, in some manner or another, look out for the children involved. The role of that Guardian ad Litem (or GAL) can be a confusing and ambiguous thing. However, the Supreme Court of Kentucky has issued… Continue reading

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It takes more than agreement for a custody order

While some courts will still issue an agreed custody order without these specific findings, it is not the best practice. Even if the divorce or custody action is being submitted on the record and all parties are in agreement, it is best to submit …. Continue reading

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Avoid timeshare conflict being your childrens’ Christmas gift

The season celebrating God the Father giving up His most precious gift: His only Son born of Him, becomes the season of giving grief. This is because we all (not just divorced parents) turn the season into one of being entitled. An expectancy of receiving takes hold. As parents, we slip into holding the holiday itself as… Continue reading

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Oh, no! The status quo

When one spouse decides to pursue a divorce, the non-filing spouse often feels an overwhelming sense of powerlessness. Their world turns upside down and the decision frequently surprises them. In these moments, desperation sets in and the non-filing spouse makes concessions to the filing spouse to try and win them back. The danger this creates is… Continue reading

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What’s a Scrivener?

I have, at times, successfully offered a couple who wish to have a legal separation or have determined for certain that a divorce must occur the services of scrivener. First of all, I am not commenting on this to in any way encourage divorce. Divorce usually does not accomplishes the freedom or healing the parties expect. Rather, I am merely offering an alternative to the traditional adversarial lawyer versus lawyer dissolution action that can be so costly…. Continue reading

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Child Support and Timeshare

A recent Supreme Court of Kentucky decisions, McFelia v McFelia, (August 29th, 2013) highlights the importance of establishing appropriate child support from the get-go in a divorce action. In this case, the father agreed to standard child support per…. Continue reading

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