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What are the guidelines for relocating with kids post-divorce?

As a parent in Kentucky who has split from your ex-spouse, you may have new and bigger plans for your future. You may want to move closer to family or to search for new job opportunities. Unfortunately, if you're the primary custody holder of your child, you have a lot to take into consideration before planning a move.

The Spruce reminds you that you may not actually be able to move, depending on your circumstances. Relocating after a divorce requires court approval if you have primary child custody. Why? Because it would be unfair to the other parent for you to leave to a place where they can no longer regularly visit their child. You're less likely to be able to move for non-vital reasons, especially if it takes you outside the range of reasonable visitation distance.

Top 5 responsibilities of an executor

Were you chosen as the executor of an estate? If so, you are likely feeling a mixture of responsibility and stress. Depending on the complexity of the estate, serving as the executor can be particularly intimidating. But you do not have to shy away from this seemingly daunting task. With the right guidance, you can fulfill your duties with confidence.

Your main role as an executor is to ensure proper distribution of assets. Follow these steps to reach this goal through a smooth probate administration process.

Can a will or trust help your family?

Many people in Kentucky have dealt with the pain that comes from losing a loved one. When a loss comes suddenly, there can be added grief and shock, but when there is no estate plan in place to settle the accounts, this can turn into the family feeling overwhelmed.

As the New York Times explains, creating a living will ensures that your wishes are taken care of in case a medical emergency renders you unable to voice your desires. This is also a way to create a plan for who will take care of your children or pets, and divide up your assets after you die. Yet in many states, you may need to take further action to prevent your estate from going into probate court. Speaking with a lawyer can determine if setting up a trust is in your best interest, and he or she can help sort out any issues that may arise. 

Custodial vs. non-custodial parent

Understanding legal jargon can be difficult, but many of the terms used in divorce can be especially confusing. Some phrases in Kentucky that are not well-known are custodial and non-custodial, but it is important for you to be familiar with what these words mean as you pursue your divorce and determine responsibility for your children. We at Lonneman and McMahan can represent you in court and explain any terms that may be unclear.

 

3 tips to consider if your ex is not paying child support

In the state of Kentucky, as well as all states in the U.S., parents have a legal obligation to support their children even if they get a divorce. Unfortunately, some parents might try to skip out on child support payments. If you are dealing with a deadbeat parent, you likely feel frustrated and are wondering what to do. Thankfully, there are ways for you to manage this situation financially and enforce payment if necessary.

Even if you need to eventually involve the court or law enforcement, you should take some steps to make sure you and your children get by while the payments are not coming in. Here are some tips you should keep in mind:

Bi-partisan bill could end bail bonds

As many who have been charged with a crime can attest, paying bail to gain freedom after an arrest can be expensive, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is co-sponsoring a bill to end this practice around the country.

According to the op-ed written by Sen. Paul and co-sponsor Kamala Harris in the New York Times, the bill would change the bail system to be based on a defendant's risk of harm to society, rather than the ability to pay bail to be released. Kentucky currently has such a system, which considers non-financial factors, including whether there are addiction issues or violent criminal histories, to determine if defendants need to be detained prior to their trial. Since bail is currently used to ensure that a defendant appears for their court date, the senators note that detaining defendants for longer than 24 hours actually decreases the likelihood that they will return to court if they are released. There are also instances of people being held in jail awaiting their trials for years only to be found innocent or have the charges dismissed against them all because they could not afford to pay their bail.

Top five responsibilities of an executor

Were you chosen as the executor of an estate? If so, you are likely feeling a mixture of responsibility and stress. Depending on the complexity of the estate, serving as the executor can be particularly intimidating. But you do not have to shy away from this seemingly daunting task. With the right guidance, you can fulfill your duties with confidence.

Your primary role as an executor is to ensure proper distribution of assets. Follow these steps to reach this goal through a smooth probate administration process.

How does wage garnishment affect you?

Kentucky residents like you work hard to support yourself and make all of your bill and debt payments on time. Unfortunately, if you do fall behind, you could find yourself facing the possibility of having your wages garnished.

According to the Legal Dictionary, wage garnishment occurs when you owe back taxes, or if you're behind on mandatory payments like student loans or child support. It means that the money you make - your wage - is being withheld from you. This is considered an extreme form of debt collecting due to the fact that you don't even see the money before it's collected by the institution and/or individual that you owe money to.

Is Chapter 7 bankruptcy right for you?

Kentucky residents like you who are dealing with financial difficulties right now may be considering the possibility of filing for bankruptcy. But which type is right for you, and how do you determine that?

The United States Courts describes Chapter 7 bankruptcy as liquidation bankruptcy, in which your non-exempt assets are sold to pay back the debt that you've found yourself in. This can be difficult for some, as it means selling off personal possessions or even large scale items like houses, cars, and so on. If the idea of parting with these items is not appealing to you, Chapter 7 bankruptcy might not be your best option.

Bitter divorce can hurt children's health

Kentucky parents know that stress can have a real effect on their children, and new studies show that children who went through their parents' acrimonious divorces may have weaker immune systems.

As Reuters reports, a study from Carnegie Mellon University studied over 200 adults who were in good health. The adults were quarantined and then exposed to a cold virus to see who would contract it over a period of five days. Adults who had their parents separate and remain estranged throughout their childhoods were more than three times more likely to catch a cold than the adults who grew up with both of their parents. Interestingly, adults who had parents separate as children but remain on amicable terms throughout their childhoods were no more likely to catch a cold than those who came from two-parent households. Since previous studies have shown that children whose parents divorce experience negative heath effects, the researchers believe the level of animosity associated with the divorce could have some bearing on how a child's health is impacted.