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Michelle Eisenmenger Mapes Granted AAML Fellowship

We are thrilled to announce that our partner, Michelle Eisenmenger Mapes has been admitted to the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Congratulations on this well-earned honor! 

Termination of Parental Rights, Published Opinion from Ky Court of Appeals

K. M.J. V. CABINET FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES, COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY, ET AL.

Mother appeals from termination of her parental rights. After the hearing the trial court "deferred the matter" and conducted a further hearing four months later. Mother argued the trial court was required to either terminate her rights or dismiss the Cabinet’s Petition for Termination pursuant to KRS 635.090, which provides:

Ky Court of Appeals Published Family Law Opinion: DVO, Castle Doctrine Threat, Hearsay,Closing Argument

GIBSON V. CAMPBELL-MARLETTA

Former husband appeals entry of a DVO arguing the trial court improperly relied on his threats to utilize the castle doctrine, a statutory right. The Court of Appeals agrees with the trial court that the Castle doctrine argument is disingenuous in this context. Former wife did not forcibly or unlawfully enter ex-husband’s home, nor was he home when she was there.

Judge's Recusal in Divorce Action Requires Recusal in Domestic Violence Action - Published Family Law Opinion from Ky. Court of Appeals

BOONE V.BOONE

Judge recused herself from a divorce action, after a DVO hearing, but before issuing an Order dismissing the DVO. Wife then filed motions arguing Judge should be recused from the DV case as well because she had recused herself in the divorce. The Judge denied Wife’s motions. Wife appealed arguing that “the court abused its discretion in denying her Petition for a DVO” and that the Judge “should have disqualified herself with respect to the DVO.”

Full Digest of Grasch v. Grasch, Ky Court of Appeals Published Opinion of September 23, 2016, Now Posted to Our Blog

GRASCH v. GRASCH

Husband, an attorney, and Wife, who managed his law firm, divorced after a thirty year marriage. After four years of litigation, the parties appealed and cross appealed numerous issues for the Appellate Court to review.

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