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Emily T. Cecconi
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The end of a marriage can be an extremely confusing, stressful and highly emotional event. In order to make decisions that are within your control and in your best interest, minimizing conflict is essential. The following are some strategies for navigating the divorce process with a minimum of conflict. Focus your attention on the things...
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The first holiday season after a divorce or separation, and those thereafter, can often be a time of conflict, stress, and confusion. Many parents and children feel distressed that the family traditions that they practiced for years now feel unfamiliar. Despite this, it is possible for co-parents and their children to have a happy holiday...
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Ehret v. Ehret The parties entered into a marital settlement agreement, which was incorporated into a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage entered on June 27, 2012. The parties amended the agreement and a supplemental decree was entered on March 6, 2013. In 2017, the parties revisited the issue of Husband’s retirement accounts. A QDRO was...
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Hartlage v. Hartlage   Paternal Grandparents filed a petition for grandparent visitation of fourteen-month-old Child after the death of minor Child’s biological Father. Biological Mother objected to Paternal Grandparents exercising visitation asserting that Paternal Grandparents were not involved in minor Child’s life prior to Father’s death, had limited contact with the child since Father’s death,...
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How do I make sure my children are staying “Healthy at Home” when they have two households? Due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency in the state of Kentucky and issued Executive Orders that require Kentuckians to stay “healthy at home” and restrict out-of-state...
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Moody v. Demala   Disabled father received monthly social security benefits for each of the parties’ minor children. The trial court ordered Father to share fifty percent of the children’s benefits with Mother. Subsequent to the Court’s order, Mother began receiving monthly social security benefits in an amount higher than Father as a result of...
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Qaisi v. Alaeddin Family Court declined to recognize three legal documents from courts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The three documents are as follows: (1) a divorce certificate, (2) a document memorializing an agreement between the parties whereby “[t]he custody of the children…shall be proved for the second party [Qaisi]” (the document did not explain...
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French v. French  Trial court modified a timesharing agreement to allow Mother more time with the parties’ minor child. Under the Trial Court’s Order, Father had visitation with the minor child from Monday at 6:00 p.m. until Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. and every other weekend from Friday at 6:00 p.m. until Monday at 6:00 p.m....
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Barnett v. White   Father filed a petition seeking joint custody and equal timesharing of the parties’ minor child. Mother argued that Father should not be granted joint custody because his behavior “made it impossible for the parties’ to work together in the best interest of the child.”  An agreed temporary order was entered adopting...
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Commonwealth of Kentucky, Cabinet for Health and Family Services v. NBD Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, an undocumented juvenile immigrant may apply for permanent residency by obtaining special immigration status. To obtain special immigration status, the immigrant child must present findings to a state juvenile court that satisfy certain criteria. A Family Court declined...
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