Family Court: Judge Joan Byer, and Louis Winner, Esq.

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This evening’s guests are ~

Judge Joan L. Byer

Jefferson Circuit Court (Family Trial Division)
Division 1
Jefferson County Judicial Center

Judge Joan Byer has served as a Circuit Court Judge in Family Division One since 1996. Named Louisville Bar Association Judge of the Year in 2002, Judge Byer has received numerous recognitions reflecting her exemplary qualifications as a jurist and as a community leader.

Her professional awards and recognitions include Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendents Distinguished Service Award, Presentation Academy Tower Award for Women Leaders and most recently the Kentucky Law Related Education Award presented by the Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court. Judge Byer currently serves as President of the National Truancy Prevention Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of challenged school aged youth.

 Louis P. Winner, Esq.

Louis P. Winner, Esq. is licensed to practice law in Kentucky, New York, and Texas.  Louis was selected as a super  lawyer for the past three years & has been listed as a top attorney in Louisville Magazine on three separate occasions.   Louis concentrates his practice in the areas of complex family law cases & civil litigation & is the head of the family law department at the Louisville law firm of Clay Daniel Walton & Adams.

Questions likely to be discussed:

Why does the divorce process takes so long?
Is there a presumption in law the both parents should  have equal time with your children?
Can an attorney avoid becoming too emotionally involved in a case?
Can you define domestic violence in Kentucky? What can be done to protect victims of domestic violence?
How is child support determined in Kentucky? Is this the same in every state?
What is the most frustrating part about practicing family law?
If two parents live in different states, which states is the proper state filing a divorce action?  What about a custody action?

Additional information about Family Court in Louisville, KY

One Family, One Judge, One Court

Jefferson County Family Court is comprised of 10 divisions and 10 judges. Family Court is involved in the most intimate and complex aspects of human nature and social relations. For that reason, Family Court uses a case management process that distinguishes it from other trial courts. With the One Family, One Judge, One Court approach, cases are presented in a single court, allowing the same judge to hear all matters involving a particular family. This reduces the stress that can arise when individuals are shuttled between courts to resolve a variety of issues.

Because Family Court gives cases involving families and children the highest priority, these cases do not compete with criminal and other civil cases for judicial time. As a division of Circuit Court, which is the highest trial court in Kentucky, Family Court employs full-time judges with the same qualifications as those who serve the other divisions of Circuit Court.

Family Court jurisdiction includes the following:

  • Dissolution of marriage
  • Spousal support and equitable distribution
  • Child custody, support and visitation
  • Paternity, adoption
  • Domestic violence
  • Dependency, neglect and abuse
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Runaways, truancy, beyond control

Related Links:

Divorce Education  (Jefferson Co., KY)

Domestic Violence   (Wikipedia article)

Indiana Family Laws  (at

 Kentucky Family Laws  (at

Parental Testing (paternity / maternity tests) ~  Wikipedia article


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