Ending a marriage is both a legal and an emotional challenge. At Johnson Bearse, LLP, our family law attorneys can answer the questions and concerns that arise during your divorce. From our office in Frankfort, we help divorcing spouses navigate the legal system and embark on their new life journey. Our experienced Kentucky lawyers recognize that clients look to us to be both comforting and aggressive, and we pride ourselves on our ability to fill both roles. When the parties are amenable, we use our extensive conflict resolution skills to seek agreement through the mediation process. If disputes over issues such as property division, maintenance/alimony, custody, visitation and child support cannot be bridged, we will use litigation to protect your rights. In every situation, our lawyers seek solutions using an assertive but compassionate approach.
Our experienced family law firm offers valuable assistance to spouses and provides detailed information regarding key legal issues, such as:
Depending on the specific issues at hand, such as whether there are children involved, the divorce process can last for a few months or longer than a year. If you’re considering ending your marriage, we can help you with issues relating to both contested and uncontested divorces as well as annulment, legal separation, and premarital and postnuptial agreements. To prepare for your consultation, please see our “client forms” section, which will provide you with documents that you can complete beforehand to make your appointment more productive.
Children are vulnerable when their parents divorce and parents are compelled to establish custody and visitation arrangements that promote the well-being of their sons and daughters. Kentucky law presumes that joint legal custody should be established unless there is a reason why one parent should not have decision-making authority. Our lawyers review the situation in detail and assist clients as they work on terms that provide a safe environment both at home and during visits with the parent who lacks primary residential custody. We also deliver sound legal support in cases where disputes exist regarding child support, including modification and enforcement proceedings.
We can also help you plan for the future by assisting with post-decree issues and planning. If you believe that a substantial change in circumstances justifies an adjustment in custody, visitation or alimony terms, our lawyers will assess the likelihood that your proposed modification will be approved by the court. For example, a shift of at least 15 percent in either parent’s income is usually considered to be a material change justifying a modification.
Johnson Bearse, LLP in Frankfort represents clients in Franklin County and the surrounding area in all types of divorce proceedings. To make an appointment for a meeting at our office, please call 502-605-6100 or contact us online.