Family Law Task Force

ky-law-scales2.jpgThe legal services Family Law Task Force will meet next on:

Date: Tuesday, October 24
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Place: Downtown Public Library, 140 E Main Street, Lexington

RSVP: To register for the meeting, email

Materials: See links below.

Conference Line Call-In:
  • Dial 1-303-248-0285
  • Enter code 233 3057

Problems calling in? Email

October 24, 2017


11:00 Welcome and Introductions

11:15 Supreme Court Refuses to Health Kentucky Foster Care Case

It was front page news. The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand the decision of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. We'll have a panel discussion on implications for children, parents, foster parents and legal services practice.

Panel Members

Shannon Moody and Terrance Sullivan, Kentucky Youth Advocates
Amanda Mullins Bear, Children's Law Center
Brandie Ingalls, Legal Aid of the Bluegrass

11:45 Break and Lunch

We'll break and begin a working lunch.

12:00 New Leasing protections for Victims and the Mandatory Reporting Law

Meg Savage from Kentucky Domestic Violence Association will fill us in.

12:15 CLE Presentation: QDROs Keeping You Up at Night?

Presenter: Eileen Zell, Law Office of J. Eileen Zell, PLLC, 541 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 505, PO Box 17872, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017-0872


Introduction to retirement assets in divorce
Introduction to various retirement assets
Exploration of how to divide retirement assets in divorce
  • Three step approach
  • Best method to divide plan, identification of plan type
  • QDRO-related issues, identification of plan class
  • Resolution of QDRO-related issues, source of law
  • Practicum - Case examples
  • Practicum - Plan comparisons
  • Time permitting - Proper utilization of model QDRO forms

PowerPoint: Eileen Zell, "QDROs Keeping You Up at Night? Sleep Tight by Getting it Right."

1:15 Break

1:30 Family Law Practicum: Case Law, Peer Discussion, Legislation on the Rise

2017 Bills of Interest

HB 180 -- Establish that CHFS may approve "fictive kin" as placement for a child
HB 492 -- Create a presumption of joint custody in temporary custody orders

Will It Come Back?

HB 427 -- Require court in a divorce to hold a hearing to determine whether the marriage is irretrievably broken

2:00 Conclusion