A Full Range Of Family Law Services
When you have a crisis in your family, the attorney you choose to represent you is critical. You need an attorney who will listen to you, be reachable at all hours and work with you to achieve your goals.
During your family law case, we will work with you to give you the advice you need. Based in Covington, The Law Office of Marvin Knorr & Associates will support you through what may be a confusing or difficult time.
Reliable Counsel At All Stages Of Your Family
As an experienced lawyer, we help northern Kentucky families overcome a variety of legal matters, such as:
- Child custody
- Child support or spousal support
- Domestic violence and child protection
- Paternity and grandparents’ rights
- Prenuptial agreements
Family law attorneys can help you during both the best and worst moments in life. Whether you are starting a family, protecting your children or moving on from a relationship, we are ready to be your loyal advocates.
You Can Keep Control
When you choose to work with us, you will gain partners – not bosses. You remain in control of your family law case. It is our duty to ensure that you have complete information and understand the possible outcomes of each option.
We will adjust our approach to match your goals. For example, if you are seeking a divorce and want to maintain a peaceful end to the marriage, we can represent your best interests while negotiating a divorce settlement. If you want to prioritize your financial future, we can fight aggressively in court for your fair share of the property. You remain at the center of your case.
Common Questions For Family Law
Below are a selection of some of the most common questions that we receive through our family law practice.
1. Do I need an attorney for my divorce?
The simple answer is yes, in almost all divorces it is better to have an attorney on your side than to not have one. An attorney will advocate and negotiate on your behalf so that you can minimize the stress and emotional toll that the divorce takes on you, while also handling the establishments for any post-marriage settlements such as child custody or support payments.
2. How is property distributed during a divorce in Kentucky?
Kentucky is what is known as a separate property state. What this means is that when a couple divorces, the assets which they owned prior to the marriage are returned to them, and the property that was acquired during the marriage is equitably divided between the two parties. As of 2020, Kentucky adopted the Community Property Trust Act, which allows for a couple to elect to put all or part of their property into a jointly owned community property trust. This is an opt-in program that allows couples to emulate the property ownership that community property states impose.
3. Can I obtain a legal separation in Kentucky?
It is possible to obtain a legal separation in Kentucky, but it is not quite the same as a divorce. A judge may grant you and your spouse a legal separation for up to one year, at which time the separation must either end or either one of you can file for a divorce. During the course of the legal separation, you can obtain similar judicial remedies that you would during a divorce, such as child custody agreements and child/spousal support payments, and the division of the marital property you and your spouse own.
4. Do I have to go to court for my divorce?
In Kentucky, you can avoid going through court with an uncontested divorce. This is where you and your spouse both agree on the terms of your divorce so that you do not need a judge to adjudicate any disputes between you. The advantage of avoiding court include minimizing your legal fees, speeding up the resolution of your divorce, and as well as reducing the emotional cost that the divorce will have on you and your family.
5. Can I apply a protective order against my abusive spouse?
If you are concerned that your spouse may cause you or your family harm, then you can apply with the local courts to grant you a protective order. This requires that your spouse avoid contact with you and your children, removes them to your custody, and prohibits them from destroying any of your property. This is an emergency provision, so it will only last for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, you will have a hearing with you and your spouse in attendance at which point a judge will determine if the protective order must stay for longer.
If you have other questions that have not been addressed by these answers, then please visit our knowledge center so that you can explore other questions we have provided answers to.
Evaluate Your Family Law Case Today
Your case can affect your family’s future, and The Law Office of Marvin Knorr & Associates understands why the results matter. Call at 859-495-1857 or email us for a consultation. Communication and availability are important to you, so they are important to us. We will respond to your call at any time of the day or night.