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What is a Family Law Attorney?

Kentucky does not certify a specialty practice in the area of family law.  Many practitioners, however, hold themselves out as family lawyers or domestic law practitioners if the majority of their practice comes in family related areas of law.  Nearly all family lawyers practice divorce and custody.  Many also practice in the area of child support, spousal support, premarital aka pre-nuptual or anti-nuptual agreements, adoption, dissolution and DVO/EPO hearings. Collaborative law is an offshoot of divorce/domestic law that a number of the family law attorneys also handle.  Lawyers trained in the collaborative process may handle cases of collaborative law and many are involved in the Northern Kentucky Collaborative Professionals, Inc.  As a member of this group for a number of years I can attest that most of the established family law attorneys, and many other professionals, in the area belong to this group. Juvenile law may be in the area of dependency, neglect and abuse or may involve status offenses for runaway children.  Also included in juvenile law is the criminal arena when a juvenile commits a crime and is charged in juvenile court.  Generally, a criminal lawyer should be employed to handle the criminal related matters. Some areas blend into others, for example an EPO may also accompany a criminal assault charge.  A child support case can become criminal for misdemeanor or felony non-support if regular payments are not made.  Some family lawyers do not handle criminal charges and others do.  This is largely dependent on the individual lawyer, his/her experience and training and comfort level handling such matters.  If your case may involve other areas, discuss this with your lawyer and determine if he is equipped to handle the case or if separate attorneys may be more beneficial in your matter. As an attorney who handles a variety of cases, I often find myself as co-counsel when areas of criminal law are involved.  If you have questions about family law, call for a consultation.  You can schedule via email at [email protected] or by calling 859-581-6453.

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