Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Following are some often asked questions to my office.

How do you Handle Different Cases?

Having handled many cases over many years, it keeps me interested and open to helping clients in a variety of ways. I believe it makes me a better attorney since I am constantly learning as well as providing me with a broader overview and insight into different areas of law. I have tried cases ranging from divorce, DUI, murder, medical malpractice, auto accidents, and probate. As I’ve aged, I do realize that there are some areas better dealt with by colleagues and I regularly refer out certain types of cases such as Workers’ Compensation, real estate and bankruptcy.

What is the Difference in Divorce and Dissolution?

Historically, divorce is contested and dissolution is not contested; and this remain the difference in Ohio. Kentucky is considered a “no-fault” divorce state and subsequently only filings are for dissolution. Of course, there remain contested and non-contested dissolutions. Parties may agree on some or all of the issues surrounding their dissolution: custody, parenting time, child support, division of assets, division of debts, non-marital assets and spousal support. The family court will make decisions on any issues which the parties cannot agree upon.

What Are Penalties for DUI?

DUI penalties vary by state and are different depending on whether it is a first or subsequent offense. For a First Offense in Kentucky, the penalties for conviction are $200-$500 fine and/or 2-30 days in jail, mandatory Alcohol & Drug Evaluation and minimum 20 hour treatment classes, and 30-120 license suspension. There is mandatory jail time if it is considered as an “aggravated” DUI.