Uniform Rules In Place For Kentucky Family Courts

The Kentucky Supreme Court has adopted uniform rules for all family courts in the Commonwealth.  The new rules, which went into effect January 1, apply to all family law cases, including divorce, domestic violence, child support, custody, adoption and neglect or abuse.  Franklin County Family Court Judge Will Williams applauds the effort, which he says will ease the transfer of cases. 

“I mean when I get a case in from another county, it’s nice to know that that county practices in the same way that I do.  And really, that hadn’t been the case – particularly for some of the counties down in the rural parts of the state and some of the counties that don’t have family courts,” he said.

Family courts were approved by Kentucky voters in November 2002, with passage of a state constitutional amendment.  Currently, more than three million Kentuckians are being served by family courts in 71 counties.  Family legal matters in other counties are still handled by district and circuit courts, but the new rules apply to them, too.  State judicial leaders say the ultimate goal is to have family courts in all 120 counties, but funding remains a major hurdle.

Published by Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.