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How can I co-parent with a difficult ex?

For divorced couples in Kentucky, co-parenting is rarely easy. This is especially true when dealing with a difficult ex-spouse, who may create conflict simply because. It’s crucial that you come to an understanding to benefit your children, even if it seems like an impossible task. In this case, Coparenter.com offers the following advice.

Be flexible

How to split expensive art in a divorce

There are some works of art in Kentucky that have more worth than the houses they are in. It is no wonder why so many couples argue over paintings and other works that can hold significant value. In some cases, fighting over a painting can be equally as contentious as fighting over child custody. 

Before going forth with divorce proceedings, a couple should document every single asset they own. This includes every work of art. In addition to the piece, the couple should also acquire any documentation that could help a judge decide who gets the painting once the marriage is formally over. 

How can I deal with my divorce?

While divorce is rarely easy, for members of the military it can be much harder. There are many factors that simply aren’t present during a civilian divorce, and military divorces can make you feel as though you’re going through it completely alone. In this case, Task and Purpose offer the following tips so you can navigate the process with the least amount of stress as possible.

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Handling stress over a family law issue

When two people decide that their marriage needs to come to an end, or one spouse has simply had enough and is determined to move on, many different challenges may lie ahead. These potential problems should not get in the way of a divorce when such a move is necessary, but it is smart to prepare nonetheless. Child support, property distribution and custody are just a few of the family law matters that some couples have to work through. Looking beyond the financial impact of divorce and post-divorce issues, other challenges can arise, such as high stress levels.

It is pivotal to manage your stress during this time, especially if something as important as the custody of your child is at stake. Sometimes stress is inevitable, but there may be ways you can give yourself reassurance and confidence, which may not only help you sleep better each night but present your case well in court. For example, you may find that participating in a physical activity helps you get rid of stress and find some mental relief from family law matters that are causing anxiety.

When should you modify your child custody agreement?

When you and your spouse are getting divorced in Kentucky, you will need to negotiate a child custody agreement that discusses where your children will reside, how critical parenting decisions will be made and how visitation schedules will work. Creating an agreement that benefits you, your soon-to-be ex and your children are imperative to maintaining positive relationships. Over time, you may discover the need to modify the agreement that you initially made to keep it accurate and valid. 

Understanding under what conditions a modification may be requested can help you to manage your agreement effectively. According to verywellfamiliy.com, some of the reasons why you may ask for changes to be made and your agreement to be updated include the following:

  • Your former spouse passes away and is no longer around to participate in parenting your children. 
  • You have evidence that your child's life is endangered due to domestic violence, substance abuse or unstable living conditions. 
  • Your former spouse is neglecting to abide by the terms and conditions that were previously laid out in your initial agreement. 
  • Either you or your ex has relocated and it is no longer feasible to retain the previously agreed-upon visitation schedule. 

How does joint custody benefit my kids?

If you and your spouse contemplate divorcing in Kentucky, you may wish to consider sharing custody of your children after your divorce. In all likelihood, both of you love your children and neither of you wants to become an absentee parent limited to visitation every other weekend and alternating holidays. Joint custody can solve this dilemma.

Joint custody has become the custody arrangement of choice over the past several decades, not only of divorcing parents, but also of child psychologists and family law judges and attorneys. Except in the most extreme circumstances of a history of family abuse, children invariably benefit from continuing to have strong relationships with both parents after a divorce.

3 essential factors to consider in your divorce

If you are facing a divorce, you likely feel very overwhelmed by everything that is happening. There are so many decisions you have to make, and these decisions are even more critical and complicated when you have children.

One effective technique to help you move through your divorce in a more strategic and streamlined way is to outline various areas that need your attention. When you divide these components of your divorce into categories and consider each in turn, your divorce proceeding can feel much more manageable.

Handling holiday custody

With the holiday season fast approaching, parents in Richmond will likely start making plans on how to maximize the extra time they will get to spend with their kids. Such planning can often be difficult for parents who share custody of their children with their ex-spouse. According to information shared by the U.S. Census Bureau, over 22.1 million children in the U.S. were subject to custodial agreements as recently as 2013. Those kids no doubt want to spend the holidays with both their parents, yet how is that possible? 

The state has developed guidelines to be followed when establishing parenting plans between divorced parents that deal specifically with holiday custodial issues. These guidelines (as shared by the Kentucky Court of Justice) offer the following holiday custody recommendations: 

  • For children under 18 months: Custody will rotate between parents from year-to-year from 6:00 pm on Thursday to 6:00 pm on Friday for Thanksgiving, and non-custodial parents will have custody from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm every Christmas Eve, and then from 10:00 am on December 26 to 6:00 pm on December 27.
  • For children 18 months to three years: Custody will rotate between parents from year-to-year from 5:00 pm on Wednesday to 7:00 pm on Sunday for Thanksgiving, and non-custodial parents will have custody from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm every Christmas Eve, and then from 10:00 am on December 26 to 6:00 pm on December 29.
  • For children over the age of three: Custody will rotate between parents from year-to-year from 5:00 pm on Wednesday to 7:00 pm on Sunday for Thanksgiving, and non-custodial parents will have custody from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm every Christmas Eve, and then from 10:00 am on December 26 to 6:00 pm on December 31.

Former city council member's marriage is broken, says ex-wife

Many in Richmond may view the concepts of a "no-fault" divorce and grounds for divorce as being conflicting. Family courts do indeed require that a reason be given as to why a couple (or at least one member of a couple) wants a marriage to end. Yet in many cases, irreconcilable differences is cited as the reason. Irreconcilable differences indicate that a relationship is irretrievably broken, and that no amount of intervention will repair it. The no-fault concept comes into play in that no one party must be at fault for that breakdown. 

Of course, there will be instances where the actions of one party to a marriage may indeed be cited as having contributed to its decline. Take the case of a former city council member from Connecticut whose wife recently filed for divorce. The man is currently facing stemming from an extramarital affair he had with a teenage girl over the course of several years. His wife left him and moved to another state shortly after news of his crimes became public. In her petition to the court, she brought up the fact that their marital relationship was indeed broken and had essentially ended the moment she moved out with the couple's two daughters. She is asking for child support and to have her last name legally changed back to her maiden name. 

How is alimony granted?

When getting a divorce in Kentucky, one of the financial matters that you may have to deal with is the allocation of alimony, sometimes called spousal support. This is a payment made from one spouse to the other for the purposes of providing financial support after the divorce. According to the Kentucky Legislature, there are two reasons why spousal support is granted by the court.

The first reason is that your ex-spouse is unable to financially provide for him or herself by gaining employment. This includes if your ex-spouse is taking care of a child and this prevents him or her from seeking employment. The second reason is if the property he or she got as part of the divorce settlement cannot provide for his or her needs financially.

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