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Feb 25 2018

My child’s other parent is doing meth. The other parent is addicted to methamphetamine and I’m concerned about my child’s safety. What do I do?

Methamphetamine, commonly known as speed, crank, shard, cystral, glass, is d-desoxymethylamphetamine. It's highly addictive and can take hold of a person with one use. Users may pick at their skin causing sores and their teeth frequently rot away. The effects of meth on a user's appearance is dramatic as show by these pictures. Use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, is a problem for the parent using the illegal drug(s) even if used when he child(ren) are not with you because the drugs remain in the user's system. How long the drug...

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Feb 24 2018

My child’s other parent uses alcohol to excess and I’m worried about my child’s safety. Can I file for sole custody?

The short answer is yes, but each option requires certain provable facts to be present. You may be able to make allegations and get the desired result in the short terms, but - in the end - you must be able to prove the allegations and meet the requirements. Excessive alcohol use is hard to prove and the use of alcohol is not illegal unless consumed past legal limits while the person does certain things like care for dependents, spends time in public, operates motorized vehicle, etc. You should contact an attorney...

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Jan 11 2018

DUI and DWI Tests for Alcohol or Drugs: Are They Accurate?

Overview If a police officer suspects that a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI or DWI), the officer will administer various test, starting with a field sobriety test, and then possibly moving on to a blood, breath, or urine test. In a “field sobriety test,” the officer tests the driver’s test balance, coordination, and cognitive abilities. The person may have to stand on one leg, walk in a straight line a certain number of steps, then turn and walk back. The person will also have to watch as...

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Jan 11 2018

Should I File for Bankruptcy?

When the national economy declines, as it has recently, so can people’s finances. Mounting debts caused by any number of factors — long-term unemployment, high credit card fees, college or medical bills — can add terrible stress to your life. If this situation persists and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight, consulting a Louisville bankruptcy lawyer may be your best option. Filing for bankruptcy is not something one does casually. For many people, simply reestablishing priorities and formulating a new budget can ease the pressures of debt. Financial...

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Jan 11 2018

My Ex-Wife or Husband Plans on Moving Out of State with Our Children. Can I Take Legal Action?

In most states, your ex-spouse must follow a legal process and present you with a written Notice of Intent to move if she/he wants to legally move out of state with your children. The vast majority of state legislatures has passed laws directly addressing the relocation issue; however, Kentucky is among the minority of states with no specific statute. The issue of relocation remains one of the toughest issues Family Court / Circuit Court judges must address. Generally, the issue of relocation arises after a custody determination has been made; therefore,...

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Jan 08 2018

I am nervous about my 341 hearing. What should I expect?

Take heart because it is almost certain that you will survive the experience. I hedge only because I do not want to jinx the next client. In the Western Disctrict of Kentucky, you will come to the Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse at 601 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202, (502) 582-6436. Enter the building at the entrance at the corner of 6th Street and Broadway. You will need a photo ID to get through security which is fine because you should have your driver’s license and Social Security card with you....

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Jan 08 2018

Interstate Custody Enforcement

Joint custody and shared parenting time can be fraught with challenges for any divorced parents, but when one parent moves to another state the difficulty of collaborating on important decisions and exchanging children are often magnified. This post discusses a few things that every divorced parent needs to know about interstate enforcement of custody and visitation orders. Kentucky is one of 49 states to have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, meaning that Kentucky’s laws regarding jurisdiction for the issuance, enforcement, and modification of custody determinations are essentially...

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Jan 08 2018

Should I file my own divorce papers?

Uncontested divorces can turn into contested divorces. When children are involved, there is a cooling off period and classes to complete (see my earlier blog post). Difficulties can arise during that time because you are not divorced, you are trying to navigate through new and uncharted waters, things happen that trigger an an unexpected emotional response, etc. If either or both of you fail to handle the difficulties well, then an uncontested divorce can become contested in the blink of an eye which usually means much higher costs financially and emotionally. I...

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Jan 04 2018

Changing Children’s Names in Family Court

The Governor signed HB238 to amend KRS 401.020 and 401.030 relating to change of name for a child under 18, to permit the action for change of name to be filed in the Family Court of a county with a Family Court or the Circuit Court of a county without a Family Court if the Family Court or Circuit Court has a case involving the family pending before it, as well as in the District Court; amend KRS 401.010 and 401.040 to conform. In accordance with Section 55 of the Constitution...

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Jan 04 2018

I filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy but recently lost my job. What do I do?

Contact the attorney who filed your Chapter 13 bankruptcy for you if you lose your job or your circumstances change for the worse. It is possible to get relief on a temporary basis if you think your situation is temporary and it may be possible to amend the plan if your situation is not temporary. I cannot over stress the importance of contacting your attorney who filed your Chapter 13 bankruptcy for you in a timely manner. If you wait, then the Trustee may file a show cause motion....

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