FROM LAUREL CIRCUIT COURT HONORABLE STEPHEN M. JONES, JUDGE
ACTION NO. 06-CI-00790
FOR APPELLANT: Laura A. Phillips Barbourville, Kentucky.
FOR APPELLEE: Rebecca French, pro se Corbin, Kentucky.
BEFORE: ACREE, GOODWINE AND KRAMER, JUDGES.
Jon-Mark French, appeals the February 27, 2018, order of the
Laurel Family Court modifying timesharing. Finding no
manifest injustice, we affirm.
(Father) and Rebecca French (Mother) married in 1999. Two
children, a boy and a girl, were born of the marriage. Both
were little more than toddlers when the parties' divorce
decree was entered in 2007.
decree incorporated a settlement agreement that awarded joint
custody with near equal timesharing, no primary residential
parent, and no child support. The arrangement worked for many
years until the children reached adolescence. Father's
relationship with the parties' son, J.F., became
strained. Now emancipated and living with Mother, J.F. is not
a subject of this appeal. However, the parties' daughter,
T.F., born in 2003, remains the subject of the custody and
timesharing dispute between the parties.
about T.F.'s relationship with Mother, Father arranged
counseling for T.F. with Therapeutic Solutions and one of its
counselors. Mother was neither included nor informed of the
counseling sessions. The counselor made recommendations less
favorable to Mother and more favorable to Father. Father used
these recommendations to pursue a change in the custody
procedural history is more complex, but it is enough to say
both Father and Mother moved for sole custody or,
alternatively, for more timesharing.
to hearing these motions, the family court ordered Father,
Mother, and the children to engage in counseling at Intrust
Healthcare. The social worker there recommended granting
Mother additional timesharing with T.F. and noted his concern
about the lack of reconciliation between Father and J.F.
court held a hearing on the pending motions on February 6,
2018. Nothing worthy of note was atypical about this
proceeding. On March 8, 2018, the family court ruled that the
parties shall continue to have joint custody of ...