Family Law Attorneys In Elizabethtown, Kentucky FAQ

Our Divorce Lawyers Answer Some Common Questions

Divorce is a difficult, sensitive time. Aldridge & Aldridge Law Firm hears many questions and always strives to help. We've answered some of the most common questions for you here. If you have more specific questions, please call our office at 502-855-7600 to arrange a free confidential consultation to discuss how we may be able to help.

How are custody and visitation rights settled?

Generally, the parents in a divorce are free to make their own agreements for child custody and visitation. But they do not always agree. When the parents cannot agree, a judge will make decisions for them. The judge's goal is to make a custody decision that is in the best interest of the children. The judge evaluates many factors to determine the children's best interest, including the children's involvement in school and community, the wishes of the child, and any instances of abuse or neglect. The judge may award sole custody to one parent only or joint custody to both parents. The judge may also set a visitation schedule and evaluate the parents' conformity on a regular basis. Our Elizabethtown family law attorneys will present your case to the judge in the best possible light.

How is child support awarded?

The amount a parent must pay for support and maintenance of children is calculated through the use of a formula that takes into account each parent's income and other factors such as child support obligations for prior children, child care expenses and health insurance costs. Both parents receive equal and fair treatment under the law. There is no particular preference for the mother or father.

Can we make changes to an existing order?

Yes, modifications to existing arrangements can be made if circumstances warrant reconsideration. For instance, if one former spouse loses a job, that might affect child or spousal support terms. We can help determine if modifications are appropriate and work with you to make those changes.

How are assets and property divided during a divorce?

A divorcing couple is generally free to make their own settlement agreement covering who gets to take which items of marital property. But parting spouses don't always agree. In these cases, the court will make decisions regarding who gets what property. When the court gets involved, it requires the spouses to disclose all information about their assets, liabilities, retirement and income. The court then makes an equitable division of the assets and debts.

What can I do if my spouse is threatening me or the children?

If the other person in the relationship has been abusive or if you reasonably fear that the person will abuse you or the children, our family law attorneys can help you seek an order of protection from the court. An order of protection prevents the abusive individual from contacting you, the children and any other protected party. A person who breaks an order of protection will be arrested and charged.

Contact Our Lawyers In Elizabethtown For Help Resolving Domestic Legal Issues

Aldridge & Aldridge Law Firm provides high-quality legal services to families in need. Please contact our family law attorneys in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, at 502-855-7600 for a free initial consultation.