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What to do if a person is falsely accused of child abuse

As Kentucky residents are becoming more aware about child abuse, more reports are being made. While some of these reports are substantiated, there are many others that involve accusations that are simply not true. Although these reports are often made in good faith, the allegations can be particularly harmful and even result in a loss of custody. If a person finds that they are being accused of child abuse, there are certain things they should and should not do.

Do you need permission to change your child’s last name?

It is common for many mothers in Kentucky and elsewhere to have a different last name from their children after a divorce. Some decide to keep their married surnames, but others revert to their maiden names. If you set aside your married name after your divorce, it might upset you that your children still have their father’s last name. It could be a bad reminder of an unhappy marriage. Consequently, you might consider changing their last name to your maiden name. Is it possible to do this if your spouse is no longer in the picture?

What are some of the challenges a custodial grandparent faces?

Many grandparents in Northern Kentucky and elsewhere end up raising their grandchildren. For a wide variety of reasons, you might find yourself the unexpected caregiver of your children’s children. You are likely to face numerous challenges as a result – financially, emotionally, physically and legally. It may help to be informed and prepared for what you might be dealing with if you are the guardian of your grandchildren.

How can you improve your credit after a divorce?

As we have discussed in a recent post, many people in Kentucky and elsewhere experience financial difficulties after getting a divorce. Whether your problems are short-term or more long-lasting, they can be frustrating and disheartening, to say the least. The sudden loss of income and security when going from a two-adult household to managing your finances on your own can result in such financial issues as bad credit, unpaid bills and bankruptcy.

How is child support enforced in Kentucky?

As a divorced parent in Kentucky, you may have been awarded child support to help you provide and care for your child. If your child’s other parent fails to follow through with his or her obligation, you likely understand the challenges that this may present for you and your child. However, there are a number of options available to the state for the enforcement of these orders. According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the state’s child support office is able to take enforcement action against noncustodial parents who owe at least the equivalent to one month’s payment amount.

Can my marriage be declared invalid?

If your marriage has not turned out to be all that you thought it would, you could file for a divorce or you may be able to have it declared invalid by a Kentucky court. According to the Kentucky Legislature, it is possible to have the marriage annulled under certain conditions.

The factors that determine child support in Kentucky

Establishing child support payments is an important part of ensuring that a child’s basic needs are provided for. In Kentucky, there are guidelines in place that can help a judge determine who may make payments and how much those payments may be.

How are your assets split in a divorce?

If you are currently involved in a divorce in Northern Kentucky, you are no doubt curious as to how you and your spouse’s shared assets will be divided by the courts. While this process can vary depending on a few different factors, Forbes offers some general guidance on how these decisions are typically made.

What alimony is for, and who may qualify for it

Though both spouses work in most married households in Kentucky, the spouses may earn significantly different incomes. If the couple splits up, the higher-earning spouse may be able to live comfortably on his or her salary alone. But the lesser-earning spouse may be unable to pay for basic necessities.

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