UNMARRIED FATHERS AND PATERNITY ACTIONS: THE SUPPORT YOU NEED

If paternity is not legally established at the time that a child is born, it is important to take the appropriate legal steps. Without establishing paternity, the individual who claims to be the father has no rights under Kentucky law. By establishing paternity, the father will have the right to visitation with the child and will also be required to financially support the child.

Parents may wish to resolve all matters to pertaining to paternity in order to avoid conflicts in the future and draft a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the kids. This effort will outline custody rights, clearly define child support obligations and resolve visitation disputes. If for any reason you find yourself in a situation in which it is necessary to legally establish paternity, we can help.

We know how to protect the rights of Kentucky fathers. Our team is dedicated to helping you secure your rightful parenting time through a paternity action in order to allow you to build and maintain a strong, healthy relationship with your children. If your parental rights have been violated in any way, contact us for the support and advocacy you need.

 

RETIREMENT AND DIVORCE: THE FINANCIAL IMPACT

When a person is approaching retirement, any major life changes could impact one’s ability to move forward with future plans, including a divorce. As Kentucky readers may know, the rate of divorces for people age 50 and up is increasing, which has brought to light the sensitive financial issues that come with a gray divorce. As divorce will certainly have a financial impact, it is reasonable to assume that retirement plans may require adjustment.

If a person is nearing retirement, it is important to carefully evaluate how divorce may impact savings and future costs. It is expensive to run a home on one income, and it may be necessary for some to continue working past their anticipated retirement age. Other issues, such as health care costs, future earning potential, taxes and more, should be considered before making any important decisions or agreeing to a proposed settlement. 

An experienced lawyer can ensure that a person receives his or her fair share of all marital property, including savings accounts, retirement nest eggs, investment portfolios and other valuable assets. There could be negative tax penalties if certain assets are acquired, and how and when an ex-spouse determines to take a pension could also impact financial standing. These are complex and sensitive issues, and they should not be navigated alone.

With careful planning and guidance, it is possible to make the most out of retirement accounts and pursue a strong post-divorce financial future. This is best done by securing the help of an experienced Kentucky lawyer as soon as possible, even before divorce papers are filed. Divorce is difficult, but the right legal ally can help protect one’s interests and long-held retirement dreams. 

Source: usatoday.com, “Nearing retirement and thinking about divorce? What to consider“, Arielle O’Shea, Oct. 15, 2016

LOVE SQUARED: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU CAN’T SEE YOUR GRANDCHILD

So how do you cope now that your son-in-law has moved away and has made seeing your grandchild all but impossible? Do you have any rights? Does anyone care that you held that little guy through colic and croup and countless other maladies? Will you get to rock him to sleep again–before he is too big to rock?

A grandparent’s love is priceless

The relationship between a grandparent and their grandchildren is hard to quantify. There is something about the little person needing someone a little older, a little more patient. Grandparents hold the key to family history–recalling stories and lineage that parents might not know or remember. And who better to sneak the kid a treat when mom is looking the other way?

In years past, legal right to ask the court for grandchild visitation didn’t exist. But the courts are becoming more and more aware of the child in the equation, and are working hard to meet the child’s best interests.

And that is the key to your case. Can you prove that your grandchild’s best interestsare served by spending time with you?

How will the courts view me?

Courts will look at the amount of time you have spent with the child over the years–was it a monthly visit, or did you take the child to and from school? They will consider the parent’s wishes–there may be a perfectly reasonable explanation why your son-in-law has denied or limited access to your grandchild. The courts will take this into consideration and give it weight.

But those factors are by no means the only thing the court looks at. If the child is old enough to participate in the proceedings, the child may be able to express their desire to see you. If you fear your son-in-law is abusing the child, or using illicit substances, the court will be more apt to give you more credibility.

The bottom line is that if you miss your grandchild and you think it is in your grandchild’s best interest, talk to a family law attorney about getting visitation. It can be a long process, but one that is heartily worthwhile–ensuring the child another loving and caring adult in his life for years to come.

 

SEEING THE BIG PICTURE WHEN INVOLVED IN CHILD CUSTODY BATTLES

During a divorce, it is normal for Kentucky parents to feel overwhelmed by the frustration, grief and anger that can accompany this difficult legal process. This often leads to emotional responses to complex and important issues that must be resolved, including child custody. Parents are sometimes inclined to fight for what they want, not what is actually in the best interests of the children involved.

Emotional decision making can undermine the sustainability of a child custody agreement, leading to an order that is not practical or one that may be stressful to the children. Even after the divorce is final, a poor custody order can lead to continued problems between parents and instability for the kids. It is important to keep a clear view of the future and the kids’ needs, even when working through difficult issues or navigating disputes.

One of the main reasons that parents become embroiled in child custody disputes is the fact that many have concerns about their rights. It is essential to protect parental rights, and Kentucky fathers may be particularly concerned about this issue. For some families, joint custody or shared custody is a practical way to both protect parental rights while still allowing the children to have a strong relationship with both parents.

No two families or divorces are alike, and it is important to have a child custody order that suits the needs of the individual family. By working with an experienced family law attorney, a parent can work toward a positive outcome to child custody disputes. If a person has concerns about parental rights or other divorce-related issues, it is beneficial to seek a case evaluation as soon as possible.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Understanding Child Custody Disputes With Help From National Family Solutions“, Mike Wood, Oct. 6, 2016

EFFECTIVELY MANAGING THE FINANCIAL ISSUES OF A HIGH ASSET DIVORCE

One of the most important considerations for a person facing a high asset divorce is to develop reasonable expectations. When it comes to property division and distribution of valuable assets, it is important to pursue an outcome that is practical and will provide stability for years after the divorce is finalized. Decisions that are motivated by anger or a desire for revenge often lead to costly, lengthy and stressful court battles.

For many wealthy Kentucky couples, a prenuptial agreement will determine how assets are divided and property is distributed between both parties. This is a smart decision for wealthy individuals before marriage, but if there is no legal agreement, it is critical to protect one’s rights and long-term interests with the help of an experienced lawyer. Divorce can be messy and complicated, but a lawyer can ease the strain of a complex divorce process.

Effectively navigating high asset divorce requires preparation and experience. There are many complex matters that must be addressed, but it is possible to secure a stable and sustainable financial future. Seeking a complete case evaluation with a legal professional is an important step before even initiating the divorce process.

Source: The New York Times, “How Rich Couples Who Aren’t Pitt and Jolie Manage Their Divorces“, Paul Sullivan, Sept. 30, 2016