Family Law

Divorcing Without a Lawyer: Mediation

As a supplement to my first post on Divorcing Without a Lawyer, I wanted to offer another cost saving approach when you do not or cannot pay for a lawyer. A good, qualified family law mediator can help avoid some of the pitfalls of a purely pro se divorce. When I do a divorce mediation, I know all the categories and issues that can come up in a divorce and I present those to the couple. I go through each topic and ask them if they have discussed it and then I know where to start the dialogue. By touching on ...
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Divorcing Without a Lawyer

Many people get divorced without hiring a lawyer. This is perfectly legitimate and it might save a whole lot of money. Those who are likely candidates for going the self-help route are those couples who are in entire agreement on how to divide property and debt and on a parenting plan if they have children. One caveat to this scenario: make sure you know what the value of assets are that you are agreeing upon. It is an all too common occurrence that one spouse has had significantly higher income or significantly better retirement benefits through their work. Retirement accounts ...
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Family Law, Mediation, and so much more

Family law encompasses a wider array of services beyond divorce, legal separation, child custody, timeshare and child support. I provide high quality and affordable family mediation services. Furthermore, I have extensive experience in both domestic and international adoptions and I streamline the process, making it a time to celebrate. On the other end of the spectrum, since 2006 I have represented parents as well as children from neglect and abuse actions all the way termination of parental rights. Family is important to me. Divorce proceedings can be especially painful for everyone involved. While some view it as merely a legal ...
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Domestic Violence & Mediation

Judges in Kentucky Family Courts are precluded by law from ordering parties to mediate when there is a Emergency Protective Order (EPO) or Domestic Relations Order (DVO) in place between a couple. In fact, even if there is no EPO or DVO but a court has made a finding that there has been domestic violence, KRS 403.036 keeps a judge from ordering mediation unless the victim volunteers to mediate. The reason for this is obvious, the main issue in a domestic violence situation is the exertion of control by one person of the through intimidation. Physical contact does not have ...
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Next Gen. Mediation

Better, more effective mediation exists.  Don't get me wrong, traditional mediation is wonderful. My clients usually experience good results from the mediation structue practiced in this region. That model, in essence, has the two parties agreeing on a mediator, a place and a time to come together and work through as many points of disagreement as possible in one session. Usually, the mediation is from a few hours to all day, though mediations occasionally can be multi-day events. But, I am convinced that is not the best model. You see, when people come in for that single day, they have ...
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My "best kept secret" practice

Most of my colleagues know that I find a tremendous overlap between practicing bankruptcy and practicing family law. One of the top reasons, if not the very top reason, for people filing bankruptcy is a divorce. However, I also have another practice area that fits well with both of these other practices and that is Family Law Mediation. I encourage you to please check out my other blog here at Bluegrass Conflict Resolution. Not only am I a trained mediator in this area, but my former career was focused on counseling and helping heal relationships. So, it is a natural ...
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