July 2016 Archives

Child Custody in Divorce Cases

In the unfortunate circumstances of divorce, among the array of issues to be resolved, the future of the children involved is typically top priority. If custody of the children cannot be resolved between the parties, the court will determine custody. According to Kentucky law, "[t]he court shall determine custody in accordance with the best interests of the child and equal consideration shall be given to each parent and to any de facto custodian." Judges are not bound by what the parties may wish or desire and are to encourage parents to work in unison in raising their children.

Senate Bill 56 Aims To Crack Down On Habitual DUI Offenders

A new bill introduced to Kentucky State legislature will help make Kentucky roadways safer for the longterm. Senate Bill 56, first introduced on January 06, 2016, would allow courts to "check back" 10 years for prior DUI convictions. Current state laws only allow courts to look back 5 years for DUI convictions. 31 of 50 U.S. states currently have a look back period of at least 10 years. Of those 31, 4 allow courts to look back over the lifetime of potential offenders.
The bill was filed in honor of late Elizabethtown High School graduate Brianna Taylor who was killed by a drunk driver in 2014 at age 17. During the voting processes, members of the House referenced Brianna as well as fellow family and friends who have been injured or killed by impaired drivers.

Community, Accountability, and Empowerment

For the individual who chose to go one step further and click on this blog post, what does it mean to you to be a citizen of the Davies and Ohio county communities? State of Kentucky? United States of America? Is your place in the community driven by pride? Accountable Actions? Values beneficial to the empowerment of others? As read on learningtogive.org, "Today, citizenship requires that people be knowledgeable about public issues and possess the capacity to work toward solutions by acting together. History records voluntary actions by private citizens working together to right injustices, change directions and pursue benefits for the common good." With offices in Owensboro and Hartford, we ask these questions for the purpose of what we feel is a shared goal of our fellow community members. It is our purpose at FWH to be a positive impact on our community by demanding accountability and making changes for the empowerment of each and every individual. This is found embedded in our mission, "To make a difference in the lives of people in our community by providing them with dependable legal counsel." In our tag lines, "Caring Lawyers Changing Lives, One Case at a Time," and in our actions as citizens, family members, customers, parents, coaches, board members, and volunteers. For you, us, and every individual taking part in the daily grind, this is our duty as citizens of this wonderful community. In closing, a recent LinkedIn article posed the following question, "What is the purpose of community? Is it just a matter of practicing and enforcing the rules or do we have a larger obligation to make an impact that can be undeniably felt, if not measured?" Our answer is unquestionably the latter as you will see in a new series of videos highlighting the members of our firm. The pride and thankfulness of being able to live and work in such a great area is truly why we are raising the bar at FWH. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for our video highlighting Associate Attorney Hollie Lindsey at our Hartford office where Community is: family, togetherness, support, love, kindness, foundation, and making lasting connections. 

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