Kentucky Law Blog

How to create a viable holiday visitation schedule

The school year is underway, and the holidays will be here before you know it. Those parents planning their divorce will likely have a very different holiday season this year. The key to making it work for the kids and the parents are creating a holiday visitation schedule that minimizes the stress while still touching upon many of the family's usual traditions. Some tried-and-true formulas are popular for a reason, but some preplanning may be necessary to address the family member's unique needs. The tried and true Here are some that have been successful for many families with divorced...

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What to know about stepparent adoption in Kentucky

Many parents bring pre-existing children into a marriage, regardless of whether it is the first or subsequent marriage. Ideally, the couple strengthens their love and bond, which can lead to a discussion of formalizing a role they may already play in the lives of their spouse's children. It is one of the most straightforward types of adoption, but there are still hurdles to jump before the process is complete. Consent is typically required The child’s other biological parent must still consent to the adoption if they have parental rights. However, the married stepparent may have already had...

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Weighing options: the benefits of open, mediated and closed adoption

The decision to expand the family through adoption is exciting but has many important details to address before the process is complete. No decision is more critical than choosing open, mediated or closed adoption. There are no right or wrong answers. Instead, it's a matter of choosing the type that fits the family's unique needs. When weighing the decision, it is essential to understand and consider the strengths of each: Open adoption Open adoption means that the biological parents and/or extended family remain a part of the adoptive family's life. The degrees of interaction will vary, but...

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5 great reasons for getting divorced

Many divorces involve an amicable parting of ways and may remain friends or co-parent partners in raising the family. There may be other situations, however, where it is clear that the marriage needs to end, regardless of what a spouse says about changing their ways or "working it out." The decision is still difficult, with an incredible amount of change on the horizon, but the decision to leave is ultimately the right one. Marriage counselors often try to help couples rekindle the romance or relationship, but there are good reasons for calling it quits. Every relationship is different, but...

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Are those texts actually deleted?

The Congressional investigation into the events on January 6, 2021, has yielded a wealth of information about who did what and said what on the day. Witnesses provided much of this information, but investigators have also sought or subpoenaed data, papers and electronic evidence. So it was with the Secret Service details protecting the president and vice president, but they responded that the texts sent by agents on that day might have been wiped from their devices in a system migration. The messages may not be lost, whether it is a person deleting texts or emails from their phone or...

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What documents are crucial to planning a divorce?

Your attorney will need information about the marriage before starting the divorce process. While personal information is important, the often-contentious negotiation of dividing assets is based on these critical documents. This information provides a facts-and-figures account of marital assets, marital debt, property valuations, and other vital financial information. A spouse may say things to a mediator or in court, but these documents may provide a more accurate account of the family's marital assets. The client can gather the papers and then put them in an organized file for the attorney...

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Is independent adoption right for you?

Growing a family through adoption is rewarding on many levels. Parents can pursue domestic or international adoption through a public or private agency. Nevertheless, some seek other forms of domestic adoption known as private or independent adoption. The advantages This is different than going through a domestic or international adoption agency that guides the family through the process, yet it offers many benefits: Control: Many parents cite control over the whole process as the strongest argument for an independent adoption. Many believe that it minimizes the chances of the birth parent...

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Getting kids comfortable in both homes is possible

Coparents come up with a wide range of parenting plans for where kids spend their time. Regardless of the custody agreement, the plan may favor one home with more time, be a weekend home, or be a situation where the kids move fluidly between the two residences. It can be hard to avoid one being favored – common reasons are one parent remains in the family home, proximity to friends, amenities, or one parent is less stringent. These may change from time to time. The transition to two living spaces can be a big issue for the children, and that upheaval can make them feel insecure about family...

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Retirement accounts should be properly divided

Concerns about financial security weigh heavily during a divorce, particularly if the couple is closing in on retirement age. So, it is essential that spouses divide up all marital assets fairly and equitably. This can include retirement accounts like 401(k) plans, IRAs, pensions and other investments related to retirement. These accounts can be significant assets as the couples approach retirement age. It is common for retirement accounts to be part of an employee benefits package. The other spouse may not realize its value or that it even exists. As with other marital assets, spouses...

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What is the process for finalizing an adoption?

Adoption is one of the most exciting and yet stressful times in parents' lives. The excitement is self-evident, but the stress often involves paperwork. It's a long process with a lot of legal paperwork that needs addressing for the finalization to ensure that the adoption is complete, and the child is legally recognized and a permanent part of your family. Before the final decree Several steps happen after placement: The birth parents must sign an adoption consent to terminate their parental rights, which can occur no earlier than 72 hours after the birth. Adoptive parents must comply with...

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