New Joint Custody, Equal Time-sharing Law Becoming Effective
On July 1, 2018, the default for separating families will be joint custody and equal parenting time or time-sharing in Kentucky. Kentucky lawmakers unanimously approved the new law. The default in Kentucky now, is that both parents have an equal say in legal, educational and medical decisions for their child(ren). And that each parent should spend as close to 50/50, equal time-sharing with the child(ren) as possible. The presumption can be overcome is the situation is such that joint custody and equal time-sharing would not serve the best interest of the child(ren). Continue reading
Child Tax Exemptions For Divorced Families In Kentucky
An issue that most don’t consider as part of a divorce is child tax exemption. That is until April comes around. Divorces addresses child custody, time-sharing, and child support. But what about who gets the right to claim a child as a dependent for tax purposes?
That issue has been addressed by the Kentucky Supreme Court in the case of Adams-Smyrichinsky v. Smyrichinsky. The Kentucky Supreme Court addressed the authority of Kentucky trial courts to award tax exemptions. Continue reading
Preparing To Die Young
I know this is a rather callus way to start a conversation. But frankly we are all going to die and need to be prepared to do so. This is a conversation that I as an attorney tend to find myself having more with older people, but none of us really have the promise of tomorrow.
Dying Young, Or At Least Youngish
Preparing to die young is an important task that too many of us avoid. In my opinion, it is more important for younger adults, who still have minor children to have a properly prepared will; than it is for someone whose children are grown. I would imagine that a dying parent who still had children at home would be far more concerned with who was going to look after their children; than how their property was divided. Continue reading
House Bill 427 – Proposed Changes to Divorce Law
House Bill 427 is a proposed bill change that would affect KRS 403.044 and KRS 403.170. Eastern Kentucky Republican Representative Stan Lee sponsored the bill.
KRS 403.044, current reads as follows: Continue reading
What Should I Do If I Have Social Media Accounts And A Legal Case In Kentucky?
It is best to assume that all of your social media accounts will be reviewed as a result of your case. Posts on social are not confidential and can come into all types of legal actions, including family law (like divorce or custody actions), criminal defense, and personal injury (like auto accidents and wrongful death) cases. Therefore, recommend you complete the following steps so your case isn’t negatively affected by social media and/or the internet: Continue reading