Woman Files Paternity Suit Against Law Enforcement Officer

Recently, a sheriff found himself facing the prospect of being a father after a relationship with a woman. The woman filed a paternity suit against the man, seeking sole custody as well as child support in order to provide for the baby’s needs. The man recently responded to the lawsuit by requesting that a paternity test be conducted to establish that he is the biological father. He has further requested that he be granted shared custody if he is the father.

The mother stated that the man’s official response is a change from his earlier position regarding impending fatherhood. She alleges that the man expressed his opinion that the pregnancy be terminated, as he purportedly felt that termination was the only option. She allegedly possesses text messages that indicate that the relationship between the two became strained once she announced the pregnancy.

Neither the sheriff’s department nor legal representatives for either party responded to requests for comments regarding this paternity suit. There have been no further details as to upcoming court dates. Though this case has garnered the interest of the public, most paternity questions are handled more discreetly. Kentucky residents who are concerned about providing for their child may seek assistance from a knowledgeable attorney in order to secure all of the benefits to which their child may be entitled.

New Trend Of Divorce Coaches May Provide Certain Benefits

Only an attorney can provide legal services during the divorce process. However, for those who may feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to approach the proceedings, an experienced divorce coach may provide the emotional support and experience that can help ease the stress. A well-trained coach can assist with gathering all relevant information, including financial documents that are needed by the attorneys and in court. They can help facilitate conversations and work with an attorney to ensure that all information is collected.

A divorce coach can also act as an emotional support person. They can guide a spouse through the difficult aspects of the divorce, especially when the circumstances are less than optimal. They may also help ensure that the process is as amicable as possible. While they cannot provide any legal advice, they can help one select the most important issues that need to be addressed and provide the support needed to help one communicate those needs effectively.

Though family and close friends often offer support during a divorce, a professionally trained coach can provide the same support while also enabling a spouse to determine the best path forward in life. A divorce is an emotionally turbulent time and having compassionate and knowledgeable support may help one to get through the ordeal with as little pain as possible. Kentucky residents who are contemplating ending a marriage may be best served by contacting an attorney — along with other helpful professionals — who can provide the experience needed to arrive at the best settlement for their unique needs.

Jurisdiction Isn’t a Given in Military Divorces

A soldier’s spouse makes sacrifices as well. Time apart puts a strain on many military marriages, which is why the divorce rate in military families continues to remain high. When the civilian spouse files for divorce, determining the jurisdiction in which to file may not be quite as easy as it is for non-military couples.

Can you file here in Kentucky?

The simple answer is maybe. Members of the Armed Forces may choose to remain a legal resident of one state while residing in another. The non-military spouse must become a lawful resident of the state in which he or she lives, with or without the military member. When it comes to divorce, this can complicate things. The spouse must file a divorce petition in his or her state of residence, the military member’s state of residence or the state in which the soldier is stationed.

The decision of where to file the divorce could affect certain aspects of the process. For instance, Kentucky is an equitable distribution state, which means that the court does not begin property division from the assumption that the parties own all assets 50/50. Instead, the aim is for a fair and equitable distribution of the marital property, which may not be equal.

In a military divorce, the largest point of contention is often what happens to the service member’s retirement. The law allows state courts to determine whether his or her retirement is a separate or marital asset subject to division. Even though federal law does include some rules regarding retirement, it does not provide state courts with a formula for division. Most of the rules relate to whether payments would come directly from the Department of Defense.

Military divorces may require experienced help

The rules relating to military divorces do not stop at the division of retirement. Other rules also require consideration, for instance, child custody. Even though additional considerations exist, military divorces also include all of the other nuances of civilian divorces. In order to balance the requirements and achieve the best possible outcome, it may be a good idea to rely on the experienced help of an attorney who routinely assists military families during this time.

During the Divorce Process, Some Parents May Try “Nesting”

One of the newer trends for divorcing parents is referred to as “nesting.” This concept allows the children to remain in the marital home while the parents take turns living there with them. On the off weeks, the other parent resides in an apartment that is shared between the spouses. This method helps ensure that children maintain a sense of normalcy, at least during the initial stages. Having a stable home life can prevent some children from dealing with the added anxiety that may accompany the changes that come with a divorce. 

While “nesting” can be a short-term solution, many professionals urge parents to resort to this option on a temporary basis. Many fear that children will be prevented from accepting the divorce if their living arrangements remain the same but their parents are not working toward a reconciliation. Instead, these professionals recommend that parents are upfront with their children and explain the situation, including how their lives will change in the future.

The topic of a divorce is never an easy one for parents to discuss with their children, but having an open dialogue with them is encouraged. Professionals urge parents to refrain from engaging in arguments or even a “cold” war in the presence of their children, as these behaviors may trigger more anxiety. Parents who can work together for the well-being of their children may reap the benefits in well-adjusted children down the road. Kentucky residents who need help in establishing parenting plans or reaching a suitable settlement agreement may benefit from consulting with an experienced attorney.

Grandparents With Child Custody of Grandchildren Increasing

The idea of children being raised in homes headed by their grandparents is not a new phenomena, but it is becoming more prevalent. There are many reasons why a grandparent may have child custody, but recent figures estimate that approximately 3 million households consist of grandparents raising grandchildren. It is unclear how many of these families reside in Kentucky, but the challenges facing these elderly caregivers may be different than those facing other caregivers.

One of the leading factors leading to grandparents stepping in as caregivers is the opioid crisis and the alarming number of overdoses. Along with addictions, divorce, abuse and military deployment may result in these older relatives finding themselves raising the next generation. Though this situation can cross any social and economic levels, many of these households tend to be headed by lower income and minority individuals.

Studies have shown that these grandchildren may be more difficult to raise, as they tend to display more behavioral problems. They may also struggle with health and cognitive issues, especially if they experienced neglect or abuse. While these children may experience difficulties adjusting to their new circumstances, in spite of facing more health and mental illness problems, these grandparents appear to handle their responsibilities as well as adoptive or biological parents.

Research has shown that these older caregivers may lack as many support systems as other guardians, but they tend to take on these roles out of love and a desire to keep families intact. Even though grandchildren may display more volatile behaviors, grandparents appear able to handle these challenges with the same level of patience as biological parents. Overall, regardless of the difficulties, children reportedly fare better in a home headed by a grandparent than a foster parent. Kentucky residents who have questions regarding legal child custody of a grandchild or who have other issues regarding this area of family law may seek the guidance of an experienced attorney.