Cincinnati Family Law & Divorce Blog: Kentucky—Presumption of Equal Time and Joint Custody

On July 14, 2018, Kentucky amended its custody laws enacting a legal presumption that joint custody and equal parenting time is in the best interest of the child under KRS 403.270. While many Kentucky Judges have informally applied such a presumption in divorce and custody matters in the past, this statute now makes it clear that the Courts must start with this presumption in all cases. It is important to note that this presumption is rebuttable by a preponderance of evidence. Therefore, parties still have the opportunity to present evidence to the Court demonstrating that joint custody and equal parenting time are not in the best interest of their child or children.  In making any determination, the Court will consider the best interest factors as identified in KRS 403.270, some of which include the wishes of the parents, the wishes of the child with due consideration given to the influence...

Cincinnati Family Law & Divorce Blog: How are Temporary Custody, Support and Parenting Time Determined in a Pending Divorce?

Upon filing for divorce in Ohio, the filing party or the responding party can request temporary orders from the Court regarding the custody of minor child(ren), parenting time, child support, spousal support and the payment of marital expenses. In order for the Court to issue any temporary orders regarding custody, parenting time, child support and/or spousal support, the parties must be living separate and apart at the time of the request. If the parties are still residing together, the Court can issue temporary orders regarding the payment of household expenses and debts. The process for requesting temporary orders and deadlines for responses differ between the counties. For this reason it is imperative to know the Court’s local rules and procedures in your county. Furthermore, if you and your spouse reside in different counties, the local rules of each county may impact your decision regarding where to file. In Hamilton and Clermont...

Cincinnati Family Law & Divorce Blog: Important Tax Law Changes for Claiming Children as Dependents

At the end of 2017, Congress enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and many of these sweeping changes have a direct impact on those going through a family law issue. This blog post will attempt to outline the changes on how children are claimed for tax purposes. However, there are many other changes to the tax code that may impact your case that are not discussed here. It is important for you to talk to a local family law attorney and/or tax professional to review the situation based on your individual circumstances. One question that often comes up for a divorcing or separating couple is: which parent is permitted to claim the child as a dependent for tax purposes.  Divorcing couples can reach an agreement, or the court will order which parent can claim the child for tax purposes. This is an important tool for negotiation and litigation because claiming...