Family Court Judge Forum Highlights Five Local Attorneys

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO)-- David Lanphear, Rebecca Simpson, Ralph Beck, Jennifer Brinkley and John McCracken are all running to be the next family court judge for the 8th Circuit/Third Division.

Thursday evening at a forum, they addressed a few questions including what programs they would use to help restore the family unit.

For John McCracken it is about creating a program to help parents communicate with each other better in these tense cases.

"I would like to see in addition to the parenting classes that we give, is for them to actually learn how to communicate, learn how to talk to one another in non-threatening manners," said John McCracken.

David Lanphear said he would like to reach out to the children and hear from them.

"I would not be quite so reluctant to do that, to be able to just sit down, not behind the bench, but sit in the chair and talk with somebody about what's going on in their family," said Lanphear.

Rebecca Simpson wants to keep a mediation program going that's she's helped work on.

"To walk outside of the courtroom and get along with another and be respectful and nice is very difficult and often unrealistic because it's a very very painful, emotional process," said Simpson.

Ralph Beck wants to help with the work load social workers have.

"I would like to meet with the Secretary of the Cabinet and talk to her about trying to alleviate a little bit of the burnout that I have seen and experienced with some social workers in some counties including Warren County," said Beck.

Jennifer Brinkley said continuing training for attorneys in the family court realm is crucial.

"Those attorneys that are working in termination and parental rights cases, neglect and abuse cases really have such an important role in the families that come before Family Court, that they need to continue to be trained," said Brinkley.

The race of five will be trimmed down to two for the general election.


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