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April 2017 Archives

How domestic violence may affect a child custody case

When a Kentucky parent leaves a relationship amid allegations of domestic violence, that parent might wonder how the allegations will affect child custody. A parent will not automatically lose access to a child because of allegations of domestic violence. A court will take a number of factors into account, including looking at evidence to support the allegations, such as photographs and police reports.

How to prepare for litigation over child custody

Parents who must go through a child custody battle as part of of their contested divorce proceeding can prepare in ways that may help their case. While it is better to avoid litigation since a parent may be unhappy with the outcome, in some cases, it cannot be avoided. Going into litigation, parents should make sure they thoroughly understand Kentucky custody laws. They might also want to work with an attorney.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announce upcoming divorce

Kentucky couples who are considering divorce may be interested in learning that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced on April 13 that they were getting one, about two years after they stated they were separating. The former couple reportedly filed the paperwork without attorneys, meaning they may end their marriage through mediation instead of court.

What to do during a marital separation

Kentucky couples who decide to separate may want to take steps to protect themselves financially. Both of them should have a good understanding of their marital finances even if one of them has primarily handled this during the marriage. They might want to close any shared accounts and start establishing credit in their own names if necessary.

5 ways to prepare your children to live in two homes

As you leave your spouse and set up an entirely separate life, it is important that you think of how your children will fit into that life. Will they have their own room or rooms at your new home? Will they have access to friends and familiar hangouts? What things do you need to make them feel more at home in a new place? Fortunately, there are several things a parent can do to prepare kids to live in two homes after a divorce.

Child support payments when a Kentucky parent is disabled

Many single parents rely on child support to help ensure that they're able to take care of their kids. However, in some cases, the parent paying child support may suffer an injury or develop a medical condition that leads to a disability. In these cases, it is very common for the amount of child support that someone is required to pay to be reduced.

Understanding the QDRO and working with a financial analyst

When a Kentucky couple gets divorced, they may have a number of marital assets to divide up between them. If they have been married long enough, they may also have to determine what happens to their retirement assets. When dividing up retirement assets, it is recommended that a person use the advice of a financial analyst in addition to their attorney to ensure that the Qualified Domestic Relations Order they need to sign is equitable and fair.