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Monday, August 12, 2019

Tipan v. Tipan


Petitioner, her mother, and two minor siblings fled their home country to escape alleged abuse perpetuated by Respondent. Petitioner’s minor siblings were placed in her care while her mother sought asylum. Respondent traveled to Kentucky and allegedly began to harass, threaten, and stalk Petitioner and her siblings, after which Petitioner filed a DVO petition. Respondent filed a petition to register a foreign order regarding custody of the minor children as between Respondent and Petitioner’s mother and moved to dismiss the DVO petition.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Moody v. Demala


Disabled father received monthly social security benefits for each of the parties’ minor children. The trial court ordered Father to share fifty percent of the children’s benefits with Mother. Subsequent to the Court’s order, Mother began receiving monthly social security benefits in an amount higher than Father as a result of injuries she sustained in a car accident. When Mother’s benefits commenced, Father’s ceased as Mother’s benefits were higher. Father argued the child support order should be amended ordering Mother to pay half of the monthly benefits she received on behalf of the children to Father. The parties shared joint custody of the children and exercised a 50/50 parenting schedule.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Qaisi v. Alaeddin


Family Court declined to recognize three legal documents from courts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The three documents are as follows: (1) a divorce certificate, (2) a document memorializing an agreement between the parties whereby "[t]he custody of the children...shall be proved for the second party [Qaisi]" (the document did not explain the precise meaning of custody being "proved for" Qaisi nor did the parties cite Dubai authority to explain the phrase) and (3) an amended agreement between the parties whereby the children were designated to live with Qaisi while Alaeddin "shall not claim custody until the sons reach the legal age." (the document did not define "legal age" nor did the parties cite to Dubai authority).


Monday, July 15, 2019

French v. French 


Trial court modified a timesharing agreement to allow Mother more time with the parties' minor child. Under the Trial Court's Order, Father had visitation with the minor child from Monday at 6:00 p.m. until Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. and every other weekend from Friday at 6:00 p.m. until Monday at 6:00 p.m. Summer timesharing and holidays were also equally divided between the parties. Father appealed.


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Barnett v. White


Father filed a petition seeking joint custody and equal timesharing of the parties' minor child. Mother argued that Father should not be granted joint custody because his behavior "made it impossible for the parties' to work together in the best interest of the child."  An agreed temporary order was entered adopting the DRC's recommendation that Mother and Father be awarded joint custody with Mother being named the primary residential custodian and Father having timesharing according to the model timesharing guidelines for the Judicial Circuit, which was less than a 50/50 schedule. The Trial Court adopted the DRC's temporary order.