The just-concluded legislative session contains a major victory for Daviess County.
The final budget agreement includes funding to create a Family Court. District and circuit judges currently handle family issues.
John Minton, Jr. has been advocating for the judgeship since becoming Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court in 2008. He says the goal is to keep family cases before the same judge.
"It's possible under the system without Family Court for a family to have issues in different places before different judges with different outcomes, so Family Court allows us to process all the issues around families in one place.
Family judges preside over cases such as divorce, child custody, adoptions, and domestic violence. Daviess County is the largest county in the state without a Family Court judge.
Once the law becomes effective in mid-July, Governor Bevin will appoint someone to serve as Daviess County Family Court Judge until the position is up for election in November.