Paul seeking re-election as family court judge

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Barbara Paul has announced her candidacy for re-election to the office of Circuit Judge, Family Court Division, 18th Judicial Circuit including Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton and Robertson counties.  

Paul has served as family court judge for a little more than five years. Family Court cases are divorce, custody, domestic violence, abuse/neglect of children, adoption and other related matters.

Paul lives on a farm in the Morgan-Berry area.  

She and her husband, Tim Paul, purchased the farm in 1989. Over the 20-plus years, the couple raised tobacco, raised cattle and bailed hay.  Tim worked as a tool and die maker for over 35 years until he became very ill in 2008 with cancer.

Since Tim’s death on Dec. 15, 2011, Paul has remained on the farm and a few cows to keep his dream alive. 

Paul has also continued the work as the family court judge.

“Even though I didn’t set out to be family court judge, it seems I prepared myself for it without realizing it,” Paul said. “My formal education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a Master of Arts in Teaching. I received both degrees from NKU and received a Juris Doctor Degree from Chase College of Law. I also hold Rank I Teacher certificate in Kentucky to teach social studies and mathematics.”  

Paul began practicing law in 1993 and spent about seven years as the public defender for Pendleton and Robertson counties. She has represented adults and juveniles in criminal cases and was often appointed guardian ad litem to represent abused or neglected children.  

She also had a small private practice with some divorce or custody cases and a substantial amount of real estate title work.  

When family court was approved for this circuit, Paul was offered the opportunity to become the family court staff attorney.  

In 2003, she accepted the opportunity to work for Hon. Judge David Melcher (now retired).  

Judge Melcher was the first family court judge and brought years of experience as a district judge and as an attorney, to start up family court.  

“I was very fortunate to be part of an excellent team that worked hard to develop practices, procedures and local rules for family court. I also became certified to mediate cases for family court,” she said, adding, “I offered this service for no cost to litigants in family court and helped families settle many cases.”

There have been some changes in family court over the last five years, she said.  Statewide rules have been implemented for all family courts. However, Paul said she has kept the basic local rules in tact as much as possible.  

Paul said that she will go into more detail about what she has accomplished as family court judge, give more information about the changes and advise the public of new legislation that will impact family court and impact families and schools in local communities.

 “Thank you for allowing me to serve these past five years and please consider allowing me to continue to do this very serious and very important work,” Paul said.