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KY Supreme Court Expands Rules

The KY Supreme Court expanded its Rules around #mediation via a new Administrative Order, that allows for virtual mediation as its own option, independent of covid19 or otherwise. It reinforced mediation as confidential, the mediator’s role as a neutral facilitator, recognized its usefulness to settle disputes and allowed mediators to confer with counsel or parties prior to mediation. We have arrived, KY! Now let’s get on to solutions based, future-facing, conflict mitigating, #FamilyLaw mediation! 2022 coming in solid. Happy weekend, everybody!

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Kinder, Gentler Divorce

One of the most authentic – and most progressive – firsthand accounts of what cooperative, non-adversarial #divorce and #coparenting can look like. This is A.P. coparenting. Mensa level even, that only few will even want to unlock, but if you want to do it, there are lawyers and mediators out there, like me, who will help you structure it. Read to the end about how their son is faring. I am all about it if you have the stomach for it. Well done!

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The Couples Code

Hard no. One of the first things I tell clients is to change their passwords and to untether phones from computers and vice versa. Nobody expects to be in a #FamilyLaw case. Alas, There are a lot of them.

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Next SCOTUS Judge

May the next SCOTUS Justice be as or more impactful than Justice Ginsburg related to gender equality. #WomenRule

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Why volatile markets, interest rates and inflation matter in a family law divorce case

Why do volatile markets, interest rates and inflation matter in a #FamilyLaw divorce case? Because in jurisdictions like Kentucky, where a Court restores nonmarital property first, then divides marital property in just proportions, assigns debt and determines child and spousal support, instability makes it more difficult to determine reasonable ongoing (noninflated) expenses (including child care costs), authentic real estate values, equity, and values of everything from digital currency to stock shares to investments.

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New ABA study explains why civil and criminal jury trials are disappearing

CHICAGO, Dec. 18, 2020 – As jury trials disappear from American courtrooms, lawyers, judges and legislators should consider changing four factors that are suppressing such trials: civil damage caps, mandatory arbitration, criminal sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimum sentences.

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The ‘kindness’ judges turning courts inside out

By David CowanBBC Scotland | 12 January 2021

Two American judges who argue that people who come before criminal courts should be treated with more compassion and kindness have arrived in Scotland for a week-long visit.

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Making ‘more varied, productive and positive decisions’ as lawyers

Making ‘more varied, productive and positive decisions’ as lawyers

By Virigina Warren | 12 January 2021

Relationships are an unavoidable feature of society that many of us are either pursuing and maintaining in some form, or enthusiastically trying to escape from. The point is, you do not exist in a vacuum, you exist in relationship to something at all times, writes Virginia Warren.

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Shared Parenting

Family Law During a Pandemic and Beyond!