Divorce Contested (without an agreement): For some couples or parents, it is impossible to work together in order to resolve their differences when it comes to getting a divorce. Nick Pearl will work aggressively on your behalf to make sure the ultimate outcome, whether at trial or mediation, is in your best interests, as well as the best interests of your children.
Divorce Uncontested (with an agreement): For many, there is a desire to avoid the time consuming process of taking their divorce case through court. Let Nick Pearl draft or review your agreement to ensure what you have agreed to is fair and that you aren’t signing away your rights.
Decisions as to the custody of a child are some of the most difficult decisions a parent will ever be forced to make. If parents cannot come to an agreement as to child custody, whether it be in a divorce situation, or with a child born to unmarried parents, then the court will make that decision for them. Nick Pearl understands the delicate nature of child custody cases and will help the client convince the court what is in the best interest of the child.
In Kentucky, the amount of child support a parent is required to pay is calculated pursuant to the Kentucky Child Support Guidelines. Items such as each parent’s income, the number of children the couple has; health insurance expenses; and child care expenses are all part of the formula used to determine a parent’s child support obligation. It is important to make sure these items are accurate and that support is correctly calculated. Nick Pearl can assist you in making sure your child support obligation is fair and accurate according to Kentucky law, or whether a deviation from the guidelines would make sense for you.
Most judges prefer to give parents joint custody. This means that both parents share in the decision-making process regarding their children’s health care, education, religion, etc. It may also mean that both parents may share actual physical custody of the children, or that one parent is designated the primary residential custodian, with the other parent receiving parenting time, either by agreement or pursuant to the Hardin County Visitation Guidelines. Visitation and parenting time can be difficult to agree upon for parents. Most want to be there for every holiday, school vacation, and weekend with their children. Nick Pearl has the knowledge and experience necessary to aid you in making the best choice regarding your children.
The concept of Grandparent’s Rights applies mainly to visitation with a grandchild, although a grandparent sometimes will need to step in legally and seek legal custody if they feel the child’s well being is threatened by neglect, abuse, or drugs or alcohol addiction. Many grandparents will pursue a case when a family dispute causes a parent to prevent a grandparent from seeing a grandchild. Grandparents may also become involved if they are prevented from seeing their grandchildren due to a nasty divorce, the death of their son or daughter, or other situations that may lead to estrangement. If you are a Grandparent in any of these situations, you should reach out to Nick Pearl. He will work just as diligently for Grandparents as he would if you were the actual parents.
EPO/DVO (Emergency Protective Order/Domestic Violence Order)
In Kentucky, individuals may request the court to provide certain protective orders to retain contact with those they are in fear of. An emergency protective order is issued based solely on the affidavit of the person filing for protection. The affidavit must include a provision of actual violence or the threat of physical violence. An EPO usually contains a provision of no contact and can be in effect for up to 14 days. If the court finds that the evidence warrants, they can issue a DVO, or domestic violence order, which can remain in effect for up to 3 years. Violations of the terms of an EPO or DVO can lead to criminal charges and/or incarceration. Once an EPO or DVO is in place, it has restrictions that can adversely affect many personal and employment rights, including the right to possess a gun. You should contact Nick Pearl immediately if you have had an EPO/DVO filed against you or if you have violated the terms and conditions of an already existing EPO/DVO.
Property Settlement Agreements
When going through a divorce, you may feel vulnerable, angry, hurt, and betrayed. Strong emotions can cloud your judgment leading to the poor decision and unfair outcomes. In times like these, you need the guidance of a good attorney to ensure you receive a divorce settlement that is fair and meets both your short-term and long-term needs. Nick Pearl will be a strong advocate for you to make sure you navigate through this difficult time thoughtfully and successfully.
When you are faced with an important life decision regarding a key family relationship, the advice and assistance of an experienced family law attorney can prove to be crucial to your understanding of the issues involved and your satisfaction with the ultimate outcome.