Kentucky Law Blog

What is the process of filing for divorce?

Many married couples in Denver eventually end up filing for divorce. Most divorces are contested which means spouses cannot agree on issues like property division and child custody. It is important to understand the proper steps to take when starting the process. Most people begin with a consultation with a family law attorney. An attorney will prepare the paperwork and file it with the court. It is still important for parties to gather all the necessary paperwork to assist their attorney with completing the paperwork. The next step is the service of process on the opposing party. After...

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Divorce property division for business owners

Divorce can be a complicated financial matter as well as an emotional issue. This can be especially true for small and medium-sized owners of privately-held Kentucky companies. These types of businesses are often the largest marital asset at stake in the divorce, and if the division is not handled properly, it could have a serious negative effect on the longevity of the business. Many business owners want to make sure that their companies do not have to be sold in order to settle the divorce and want to prepare themselves to move forward successfully. Business owners may negotiate a mutually...

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Covering the Estate Planning Basics

A basic estate plan for everyone should consist of the following four documents. Please contact Pearson & Paris for a free consultation.

WILL: A will, sometimes called a last will and testament, is how an individual directs how property should be distributed upon their death, including payment of debts and other final details. Included in the will is appointment of a personal representative (executor) who, working with a law firm, handles the details regarding the terms of the will. A will can also create a trust for minors and others to protect property in the long term.

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Employee v. Subcontractor

As an employer, it is important to determine if individuals working for you are employees or independent contractors.  If you mistakenly classify an employee as an independent contractor, there may be significant monetary penalties.  Some factors of many are listed below.  It is always advisable to contact an attorney if you are unsure. The major factor in determining whether a worker is considered an employee versus an independent contractor is the employer’s right to control the employee’s manner and method of performing the work. The kind of work and whether the work is done under...

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How working parents can maximize their custody rights

Working parents in Kentucky and throughout the country don't necessarily have to choose between having a career and having a role in their children's lives. Generally, custody rulings are based on what is good for the child. Therefore, if a working parent is willing to make adjustments for the child's sake, there shouldn't be a problem in obtaining or retaining parental rights. For instance, a parent may want to adjust his or her work schedule to ensure that he or she can be at home in the morning or in the evening. Parents will also need to ensure that they can be home to watch their kids...

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Why prenuptial agreements can benefit anyone

Even if you don't have a lot of assets when you get married, it can still be a good idea to sign a prenuptial agreement. These documents are generally considered valid in Kentucky and throughout the United States. While some people view prenups as a sign that a marriage won't last, the documents have become increasingly popular with younger people. Guard yourself against future debts If a spouse borrows money during a marriage, you could be responsible for paying off a portion of that balance. That could be true even if his or her name is the only one on the loan. With a prenuptial...

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Supervised visitation for troubled parents

Some Kentucky divorced parents may face serious issues like drug addiction but still want to be part of their children's lives. However, it may not be safe for them to be left alone or fully responsible for the kids, especially if there are allegations of neglect, abuse or domestic violence. Supervised visitation is one practice that can keep a parent in a child's life when regular custody or traditional visitation may be inappropriate. Visitation is scheduled to take place in a specific location, like a specialized center, a public place or even the family home, with the presence of a third...

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Fewer happily ever afters among couples over 50

Married couples in Kentucky may be surprised to learn that the rate of gray divorces, which are those where one or both individuals are over the age of 50, doubled between 1990 and 2010. Some of these divorces may be among people who were previously divorced (and who are statistically more likely to get divorced again), but others can be the result of long-term couples simply growing apart. Other things that can cause stress and ultimately lead to the end of a marriage include financial difficulties. Couples who have been dealing with years of debt or who do not see eye to eye on how to...

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