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Mediation is the most common form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Kentucky. In fact, many Judges in divorce and family law matters will require mediation before setting a final hearing or trial date. So, what is mediation? The American Bar Association describes mediation as “a private process where a neutral third person called a...
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The CARES Act provides recovery rebates or economic impact payments for qualified individuals of up to $1,200 ($2,400 in the case of a joint return) and up to $500 for each qualifying child. If you have already filed a 2019 tax return, the IRS will use 2019 to calculate the payment amount and issue the...
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Ford v. Ford   Trial court refused to set aside a handwritten Mediation Agreement Order signed by the parties and their attorneys and incorporated into the dissolution decree. The Agreement was never formalized into a typewritten document. The parties did not have any appraisals of their residential and commercial real property performed to aid in dividing...
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Brockman v. Brockman   On appeal, Former Husband argued the Trial Court lacked Subject Matter jurisdiction to enter a divorce decree because neither party resided in Kentucky for 180 days prior to the filing of the petition. Former Husband also argued the Trial Court lacked jurisdiction to make a custody determination under KRS 403.800.  ...
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Baas v. Baas   Former husband and Former Wife executed a “bullet-point” written mediation agreement which listed several agreements related to the division of the couple’s property. Former Wife’s attorney was physically absent from the mediation for one hour, although her Attorney remained in contact with Former Wife during this period. Prior to reaching an...
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Smith v. McGill After rendering a custody decision in favor of mother, the trial court ordered father to pay mother’s attorney’s fees pursuant to KRS 403.220. The trial court made its decision after considering the father’s annual  income of $32,000.00, the mother’s annual income of $41,000.00,  and the father’s  lack of candor and cooperation which...
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HARVEY V. ROBINSON Wife and Husband’s divorce was finalized in 2002 at which time Wife was awarded the marital home and property valued at $856,000. At that time, Husband was ordered to return the landscape around the home to an appropriate residential landscape, as he had business equipment on the property. There is no dispute...
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ALBERT W. BARBER, III V. ELIZABETH D. BRADLEY Husband appealed to the Court of Appeals arguing the trial court erred by finding the equity in the parties’ residence was marital property and ordering the division of household goods and furnishings by lot. The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court. The Supreme Court granted discretionary...
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