Dorothy Walsh Ripka Discusses Unusual Divorce Ruling - Cordell & Cordell

Dorothy Walsh Ripka Discusses Unusual Divorce Ruling

Cordell & Cordell Litigation Partner Dorothy Walsh Ripka has recently been quoted in numerous media outlets after she represented a client who was denied a divorce because the judge believed that he and his spouse may be able to preserve their marriage due to her observations of the parties’ interactions in court. 

The unusual case has drawn much media coverage and drawn criticism from attorneys who believe it sends the message to litigants that they need to be acrimonious towards one another rather than respectful.

In the case, Bullitt Family Court Judge Monice Meredith temporarily declined to dissolve the marriage of Douglas and Nicole Potts after she observed the couple being “respectful and courteous toward one another, and both held themselves in dignified and mature composure.” She elected to continue their case until Oct. 18 and ordered the couple seek counseling to determine if the issues in their relationship could be resolved without ending the marriage.

Ms. Ripka said she was stunned by the decision.

“From my perspective, the ruling was very unexpected, and my goal in my practice is to have my clients prepared for any situation,” Ms. Ripka told WLKY-Louisville. “I can tell you after talking to opposing counsel, neither one of us expected this ruling.”

Click below to read the media coverage of this unorthodox case.

Media Coverage

Inside Edition

California News Times

4 State News

WAVE 3-Louisville

Local 12-Cincinnati

WLKY-Louisville

American Bar Association Journal

MSN

Yahoo

Louisville Courier-Journal

About Vaughn Harrison

Vaughn Harrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on CordellCordell.com, CordellCordell.co.uk, and DadsDivorce.com, Mr. Harrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels.

Mr. Harrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.