This article was originally published on 8/21/15 in the Courier-Journal.

After the crazy storm opening night of Forecastle Festival, I found myself at a booth with a gentleman going through a divorce in a state that is still fault based – i.e. adultery and mental cruelty. I was agog because as long as I have practiced in Kentucky, no fault divorce has been the law.

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Read my guest post titled A Family Lawyer’s Guide to a Kids-First Divorce  on

“I was in Judge’s chambers a week or so ago talking to one of our ten Jefferson Family Court Judges about peaceful parenting for divorced parents and parents who are no longer together. On its surface, the concept seems so organic and so mindful of children’s best interests. In what is arguably an age of the most indulgent parenting in our history, parents inevitably put the kids’ needs first, right? Unfortunately in my experience it is the exception rather then the rule that once-intact couples are able to detach from blaming the partner for the breakup, and buck up, shut up and put the kids first…” Read the full article here:

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Originally published in Louisville Bar Briefs in July, 2013.

“Whether it’s due in part to fathers becoming more aware of their rights, as Family Court Judge Paula Sherlock believes, or just the increased mobility of humanity in the 21st century, relocation and custody cases between parents in different states are on the rise here in Louisville. The best way to ensure effective representation in cases with a parent on the move is to “do your homework on the front end,” said family court lawyer John Helmers— a sentiment echoed by Judge Sherlock.

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