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Mediation is a common way for disputes to be resolved outside of family court.  Most cases are ordered to mediation for no less than two (2) hours for the parties to a divorce or custody case to make a good faith attempt to resolve their issues before using court time and resources. Mediation provides more...
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Nearly every week of the year (excluding holidays and other specified days), each of the ten (10) divisions of family court holds motion hour in Louisville, Kentucky. Each court conducts motion hour at the same time each week, as shown in the following chart: Division #One (1)Two (2)Three (3)Four (4)Five (5)Six (6)Seven (7)Eight (8)Nine (9)Ten...
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T.C. and J.C. v. Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Commonwealth of Kentucky; the Hardin County Attorney’s Office; W.P.; L.P.; and K.C., a Minor Child, No. 2021-CA-0441-ME;  T.C. and J.C. v. Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Commonwealth of Kentucky; the Hardin County Attorney’s Office; W.P.; L.P.; and L.C., a Minor Child, No. 2021-CA-0445-ME; and ...
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T.G.-F. v. J.Y.; A.Y.; G.E.L.G., a Minor Child; and W.F., No. 2021-CA-1480-ME Estill Circuit Court Mother gave birth to child and little over a year later, aunt and uncle filed their adoption petition for the minor child without mother’s consent pursuant to KRS 199.502.  At the time of the filing, the child’s natural father was...
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Mediation is a form of alternate dispute resolution (ADR) commonly used in divorces and family law cases to help the parties decide how to resolve their issues outside of the courtroom. The mediator is a neutral individual who does not represent anyone and no interest in the outcome. Parents must also remember that mediators have...
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Leslie Geralds v. Janie Geralds No. 2021-CA-0667-MR Jefferson Circuit Court Leslie and Janice Geralds negotiated a property settlement agreement through a collaborative divorce process.  The property settlement agreement awarded Mrs. Geralds 40.62% of Mr. Geralds’ retirement plan.  Several years following the entry of the decree and property settlement agreement, Mr. Geralds retired and signed a...
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Whether for the initial consultation or an ongoing case, maintaining a list of questions that apply to your specific divorce, child custody, or family court case is one of the most important documents you can have both before and after meeting with your attorney. Many times you will be nervous when meeting with your lawyer...
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S.G. V. Cabinet for Health and Family Services; Commonwealth of Kentucky; D.C.; J.S.; and L.G., a Child No. 2021-CA-0510-ME Warren County Family Court The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (“CHFS”) removed a minor child from Mother’s care when a finding of neglect was determined in a dependency, neglect, and abuse (“DNA”) action.  CHFS placed...
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Cabinet for Health and Family Services v. Batie, et al. No. 2021-CA-0580-ME Boyd County Circuit Court The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (“CHFS”) appealed an order granting custody of a minor child to Grandmother and Uncle of the minor child due to the family members lacking standing to pursue such custody order.  The Kentucky...
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One of the most common questions we get from clients is how to dress for any of the particular types of proceedings that they may encounter during a divorce or family court case. A few examples are covered below, including how to dress for going to the family courtroom, in addition to picking out your...
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