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Friday, May 8, 2020

T.S. v. Kentucky, et al.


Grandmother, and custodian of the children at issue herein, was named as the person responsible for abuse and neglect the court found to have occurred. Grandmother appealed. The Court of Appeals ordered Grandmother to show cause why the appeal should not be dismissed for failure to name the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (“the Cabinet”)—an indispensable party—as the Cabinet was not named in either the body or the captions of the notice of appeal. The Court of Appeals dismissed the case. Grandmother then tendered a joint “motion to reinstate appeal” pursuant to Kentucky v. Wine, 694 S.W.2d 689, 694 (Ky. 1985) and Hollon v. Kentucky, 334 S.W.3d 431, 438 (Ky. 2010), which held that a belated or reinstated appeal could be had under certain conditions in criminal cases.


Monday, May 4, 2020

Hartlage v. Hartlage


Paternal Grandparents filed a petition for grandparent visitation of fourteen-month-old Child after the death of minor Child's biological Father. Biological Mother objected to Paternal Grandparents exercising visitation asserting that Paternal Grandparents were not involved in minor Child's life prior to Father's death, had limited contact with the child since Father's death, and never provided care for Child.