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June 2018 Archives

Changing an estate plan during divorce

When people in Kentucky decide to divorce, they can face a number of practical, emotional and financial challenges. There are many changes a person must make in his or her life after the end of a marriage, and these changes can be overwhelming at times. At the same time, these changes can be particularly important for protecting a person's assets and future, especially those related to estate planning. There are some estate plan changes that will need to wait for the divorce to be finalized, but there are other ones that people can make immediately to protect themselves even while the divorce is pending.

Blood alcohol concentration in drunk driving cases

Government crash statistics reveal that 29 road users die each day in accidents involving motorists under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police departments in Kentucky and around the country draw blood or use sophisticated breath testing equipment to find out whether or not drivers consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel and determine their blood alcohol concentrations, and the results of these tests are usually the key pieces of evidence in drunk driving cases.

Parenting and finances during the divorce process

After filing for divorce, some Kentucky couples may face restrictions on their parenting rights and their rights to use marital finances. In general, people cannot make unilateral decisions about children or shared finances. It may be best to consult an attorney to ensure that these restrictions are not violated since they may have serious consequences.

Parents who are denied child custody may have visitation rights

In some divorce court proceedings in Kentucky, parents are denied custody of their children. This can happen for a number of reasons, including fear for the child's safety, avoiding a dual living situation and preference for the child's primary caregiver. Sometimes, denying custody to one parent doesn't have anything to do with the living conditions. Many courts strive to involve that parent in the children's lives as much as possible with generous visitation.

Can you get a Kentucky DUI off your record?

If you live in Kentucky and have an existing criminal record, you may find that it follows you around and hinders your ability to move forward with your life. In some circumstances, Kentucky’s criminal offenders, including some who have drunk driving convictions, can request what is known as an expungement, which essentially means that your conviction will no longer appear when someone runs a background check on you.