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Moulton & Long PLLC

Attorneys At Law

58 Public Square, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Family Law



Our Family Law practice provides legal counsel in the areas of

divorce, custody, pre-nuptial agreements and post judgment

enforcement and modification. Our objective is to thoroughly

protect our clients' interests, while we assist them to make

the best possible decisions at times when emotions may cloud

judgment. This practice is headed byLyn Taylor Long .


Having practiced family law in the Hardin, Grayson, Larue,

Meade, Nelson, Bullitt and surrounding counties, the law firm

of Moulton and Long PLLC will be a calming, helpful resource for you in a tumultuous time. We strongly believe you should be well informed about what to expect at every stage, and we will negotiate or litigate aggressively to achieve your goals. 


Whether you are considering filing for divorce, or papers have been served on you, the best way to protect your future is to work with a strong lawyer who will give your case personal attention. We are equipped to guide you through any dissolution process, including a high net worth divorce involving complex property division, or development of a separation agreement.


Moulton & Long PLLC knows it can be critical to get all issues out on the table early in the process. We help a wide range of clients obtain favorable outcomes in areas including:


Child custody and visitation
Child support and spousal maintenance
Distribution of retirement accounts, pensions and other complex assets
Marital Agreements — Post-divorce Modifications — Stepparent Adoptions


In addition to all issues surrounding divorce, we help many clients:

With Adoptions (see below)

Develop prenuptial or postnuptial agreements ideal for addressing unique objectives and concerns before or during marriage
Deal with major life changes after divorce by obtaining modifications of child support, spousal maintenance and other orders

Take action to protect families and rights when domestic violence issues arise

Navigate the legal processes required for a stepparent adoption

Resolve important questions involving paternity


We understand some terms and concepts in Family Law may be strange to you so, to assist with your understanding, below are a few of the general terms and concepts you may encounter.


Uncontested Divorce:


An uncontested divorce is a divorce where both parties are in agreement and are ready, willing and able to cooperate with each other. Uncontested divorces offer great advantages in terms of speed, low cost, and certainty of result since the two parties are not litigating.


Contested Divorce:


Quite simply, contested divorce is where some or all of the issues (such as child custody and visitation, child support, property distribution and spousal support) are in dispute. We must negotiate and if necessary litigate to get the case resolved.

Divorce Mediation and Arbitration:


Although divorce mediations cost less money and take less time, clients are often not properly represented. We represent clients in mediation and arbitration to ensure they receive proper representation. We are also available to serve as a mediator or arbitrator of a dispute.

Child Support:


We aggressively review all factors that have an impact on the amount of child support paid and received in order to ensure the amount is in keeping with the Kentucky guidelines.

Custody and Visitation:


Child custody and visitation are the most contentious areas of divorce, very often resulting in tough court battles. According to the law in Kentucky, the best interests of the child dictates custody. But very often, the parents don’t agree on whose custody best meets the child’s best interests.

Alimony / Spousal Support / Maintenance:


We aggressively review all factors that have an impact on the amount of support to be paid and/or received in order to ensure the amount is in keeping with the Kentucky statures and law.

Division of Assets / Equitable Distribution of Property:


Every state has different rules about property division in a divorce. You may have heard of “community property.” No such provision exists in Kentucky. Here, you must evaluate whether each asset qualifies as “separate property” or “marital property.”

Tax Issues:


There are tax implications in every aspect of divorce agreements. For example, paying spousal support affords tax deductions and deductible expenses. Child support, on the other hand, does not.

Grandparents’ Visitation Rights:


Increasingly, grandparents are seeking court orders to regularly see their grandchildren when the parents object to visitation. We can help secure visitation rights or, likewise, we also represent parents to resist grandparent visitation in appropriate circumstances.

Paternity:


To get child support, you often must establish paternity in a legally binding way through DNA testing or other methods. Though most paternity cases involve paternity orders against fathers, in some cases a father must establish himself as the biological father if he wants a relationship with his child. We also assist with name changes as they relate to paternity.
Child Abuse and Neglect: We represent parents who need a lawyer to fight unjust charges of abusing or neglecting their children. Likewise we apply this experience in custody and visitation matters where such accusations are relevant.


ADOPTION


Adoption Law falls under Family Law and is mainly governed by the states in which the parent and child live. It encompasses the process by which a legal parent-child relationship is created between individuals not biologically parent and child (adoption process). The biological parent gives up all parental rights and obligations, and these rights and obligations are assumed by the adoptive parents.

These days, there are a lot more options available through the adoption process where adoptive families can adopt a child than ever were before. For example, you can choose a closed adoption where the parents remain anonymous, or opt for the increasingly common open adoption where you actually meet and can maintain contact with the birth parents. You can adopt a child from another country (international adoption) or one of a different race or ethnic background. You can even adopt a "special needs" child who may have physical, mental or behavioral disabilities. Some children are also considered "special needs children" because of their age or minority group status.

Ways you can adopt a child:

Agency Identified Adoption - an adoption through a public or private agency.

Domestic Partner Adoption - Under a new law in California, a same-sex partner can adopt his/her partner's child under stepparent adoption procedures as long as the partners are registered with the state as domestic partners.

Identified Adoption - a new and innovative way of adopting an infant. An identified adoption is created when adoptive parents and birth parents connect with each other directly or through an intermediary.

Independent Adoption - where the birth mother personally selects the adoptive parents through personal knowledge of them.

International Adoption - an adoption in which the adoptive child is a citizen of another country. Relative (Kinship) Adoption - an adoption in which the adoptive parent is related to the child (e.g., grandparents adopting grandchildren if parents die or are otherwise unable to care for the children).

Stepparent Adoption - a parent's new spouse adopts child that the parent had with a previous spouse.


To put our valuable experience on your side and begin taking control of your future, contact us for an initial consultation.