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Monday, February 17, 2020

Santise v. Santise


Mother and Father were divorced in 2011, incorporating a marital settlement agreement into their decree whereby the parties had joint custody of the minor children, Father was designated as the primary residential custodian, Mother received reasonable parenting time, and Father was allowed to relocate with the children. Afterward, Father relocated with the children to New Jersey, residing with Father’s parents. The children attended school and had the same doctor in New Jersey since the move. Mother exercised parenting time with the children in Kentucky.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

J. v. Cabinet for Health and Family Services, et al.


The Department of Community Based Services was notified that Mother’s children were discovered unattended in a hotel room. Mother had entrusted her children with a friend who left them unattended since 10 p.m. the night before. Mother was in Missouri and stated she did not have transportation to Kentucky to retrieve her children. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (“the Cabinet”) then filed petitions for removal and notified Mother of the temporary removal hearing, at which Mother did not appear, and the children were placed in the Cabinet’s custody. On May 31, 2017, Mother was arrested in Missouri for driving on a suspended license, property damage, and leaving the scene of an accident.


Monday, December 23, 2019

Kentucky v. K., et al.


Pupil Personnel Director, Finke, filed a DNA petition in Family Court alleging five-year-old Child had missed 21.5 days of school, 16 of which were unexcused. Child was enrolled in kindergarten as a five-year-old and the absences occurred before she turned six. Family Court summarily dismissed the petition, finding it did not meet the prima facie burden for abuse or neglect. The Commonwealth appealed.