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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Commonwealth of Kentucky, Cabinet for Health and Family Services v. NBD



Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, an undocumented juvenile immigrant may apply for permanent residency by obtaining special immigration status. To obtain special immigration status, the immigrant child must present findings to a state juvenile court that satisfy certain criteria.


Monday, June 3, 2019

Kruger v. Hamm

Trial Court granted joint custody of Daughter to Mother and a Couple that lived next door to Mother. When Daughter was born, Mother and Daughter moved in with the Couple for a very brief period of time. Mother eventually obtained an apartment, but visited the Couple’s house every other day. The couple helped Mother care for daughter and Mother considered the Couple to be babysitters.

An attorney hired by the Couple filed a petition for joint custody naming Mother and the Couple as joint petitioners and Father as the respondent. The petition did not explain why the Couple had standing to claim custody. The Court entered a temporary order awarding joint custody to Mother and the Couple. Once granted joint custody of Daughter, the Couple began exercising increased control over Daughter.

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Wattenberger v. Wattenberger


Trial Court ordered the parties’ marital home to be sold to compensate former wife for her maintenance claim, with the net proceeds of the sale divided 65% to former wife and 35% to former husband. The record lacked an appraisal or valuation of the property and no findings were made to support the 65/35 split. Additionally, the Trial Court classified the parties’ emancipated son’s student loan debt as marital debt for which it held Former Husband accountable. The Trial Court made no findings to support assignment of this debt to former husband. The husband appealed arguing the trial court failed to make the findings of fact required by KRS 403.200(1) prior to awarding maintenance.