May 2017 Archives

Do grandparents have custody or visitation rights in Kentucky?

If you are a grandparent, you likely want to be able to be an active part of your grandchildren’s lives. This is natural and normal. It is what comes along with being a family. However, unlike the rights you had to your own children when they were still minors, you do not share those same automatic rights to your grandchildren. This can produce sticky situations, especially if you are not getting along with your child or in the event of your child’s death.

Can I get out on bail if I am charged with a crime?

Bail is usually a monetary sum paid so you can get out of jail before you go to trial in a criminal case. It is a guarantee that you will show up in court when you are ordered to answer to the charges. In some Kentucky cases, you may be able to be released on your own word that you will return for your trial and obey all rules set by the court. According to the Kentucky Court Rules, almost all charges are eligible for bail.

Ignition interlock devices: What you should know

DUI charges come with serious consequences, including heavy fines and driver’s license revocation. In some cases, you may be ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. Although this device may be costly, it may allow you use your vehicle for transportation to school, work, doctors’ appointments and other necessary destinations. If you are asked to install an ignition interlock device on your motorcycle or vehicle, it helps to know how these machines work.

What is considered marital property?

Kentucky is one of many states in the nation that follows an equitable distribution of property model when couples choose to file for divorce. Rather than split all marital property equally in half, the judge presiding over the case will determine who is entitled to what after careful consideration of several factors.  In order to do this, however, the judge must have a comprehensive list of each party’s separate property, as well as all of the property that has been accumulated during the course of the marriage. At Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, we know that some people may not receive all of the marital property they are entitled to. When going through divorce, you should understand what property you are able to receive in the divorce settlement.

When hiding money means a breach of marital trust

Many Americans fall in love and get married, trusting in "happily ever after" to make things work. Unfortunately, not too long after the wedding, reality usually sets in. Along with it comes the financial difficulties that most married couples tend to face. In fact, fights about money are by far one of the top predictors of divorce, with a survey indicating "money" as the third leading cause after "infidelity" and "basic incompatibility."

How does Kentucky penalize repeat DUI offenders?

If you find yourself pulled over and subsequently charged with drinking and driving in Kentucky after an earlier driving under the influence conviction, the penalties you face tend to intensify. Per the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Highway Safety, you may face a serious charge if the law enforcement official who pulls you over administers a breath test and your blood-alcohol content registers above 0.08 percent. The same is true if you are under 21, and your BAC registers above 0.02 percent.

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