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Deviation from Child Support Guidelines - Low Income, Ky Supreme Court Published Opinion May 5, 2016

CARVER V. CARVER

Mother and Father, each collecting disability, had a child with Down Syndrome and significant health issues. The parties agreed to pay child support per the Kentucky guidelines, but Father never made any payments to Mother for support of the child.

Published DeFacto Custodian Opinion from Ky Court of Appeals April 29, 2016

CHADWICK V. FLORA, ET AL.

Grandmother appealed an order finding she was not a de facto custodian of her grandchild. The order also denied her motion for custody and visitation.

Where Cabinet Place Child With Foster Parents, Foster Parents Lack DeFacto Custodian Standing - Published Opinion From Ky Court of Appeals

WELLS, ET AL. V. TOYE

Foster parents  appealed from a Circuit Court decision finding they lacked standing to qualify as de facto custodians. The Appellate Court affirms the Circuit Court holding that the rule set forth in Swiss applies in this case. Swiss v. Cabinet for Families and Children, 43 S.W.3d 796, 797 (Ky. App. 2001). Foster parents “may not use the de facto custodian statutes to challenge the cabinet’s custody of the child where the child was placed with the foster parents by the cabinet.”

Published Opinion from Ky Supreme Court - Same Sex Partner Permitted to Intervene In Step-Father Adoption Case

A. H. V. W.R.L. AND M.L.

“Questions Presented: Family Law. Custody. Same-Sex Relationship. Step-Parent Adoption. Intervention of Right. Trial court properly
allowed the child’s biological mother’s ex-partner, who allegedly co-parented the child for seven years and has a pending custody
petition, to intervene in the step-parent adoption case that would have declared mother’s husband to be the child’s second legal parent.”

Published Family Law Opinion from Ky Supreme Court - Settlement Agreement Not Incorporated in Divorce Decree

LINDA DAVIS V. KAREN DAVIS, ET AL.

“Questions Presented: Family Law. Marital Dissolution. Property Settlement Agreements. Whether a lack of reference to a filed property settlement agreement in a dissolution decree voids such an agreement.”

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