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Medical doctors and other professionals get divorced just like any other people.  Unfortunately, the demands on time, financial reliance and relatively high incomes make divorce for doctors and other professionals more intricate and complex than many normal, nine-to-five, w2 paycheck employees. What time demands are unique to doctors?  Doctors often work varying hours, shifts, on-call or have other demands that a 9-5 employee does not incur.  For example, if you and your spouse work "regular" first shift hours, it is easy to alternate weekends and each to parent children 2 weeknights each week.  However, if you are on call this becomes  a difficult prospect, especially if the children are younger and need a parent always available.  This may require an irregular schedule or alternate caregivers to provide for children when duty calls. What does financial reliance mean in a divorce?  Financial reliance occurs when one party is the sole or primary financial provider for a family.  This often occurs when a doctor or other professional has a high income.  This may mean that the other party can discontinue working to raise children, care for the home or even if their income is relatively insignificant.  Financial reliance for an extended period of time will likely give rise to a claim, and possibly a court order, of spousal maintenance (often referred to as spousal support or alimony). Why does a high income case differ from any other divorce?  High income cases are often different for a variety of reasons.  Investments may vary and be uniquely complex in a high income case.  For example, how do you value a medical practice of a doctor who has recently bought into partnership?  Moreover, there are the practical aspects of child and spousal support.  The child support guidelines in Kentucky only go up to $15,000/month of combined income.  Special care and knowledge of the law is essential when the parties earn over this amount.  additionally, many issues of spousal maintenance arise in cases where there is one or more high income. If you have questions about divorce, contact an attorney who regularly handles like type of cases.  Having practiced divorce law for over 20 years I have a unique perspective on such cases.  For a consultation in Northern Kentucky, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at [email protected]

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