639 Washington Avenue
Newport, KY 41071
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Committed. Thorough. Effective.
I care deeply about the people I serve. I take time to listen to my clients, understand their concerns, and develop sound legal strategies designed to achieve their objectives.
I am very mindful that each of my clients has a unique situation and I tailor my representation to fit each individual's needs.
Beyond being emotionally taxing, divorce can be complicated. Even parties going through an uncontested divorce can benefit from experienced legal counsel to protect their rights. Having handled countless divorces in the Northern Kentucky and surrounding area, Ashley offers assistance with a wide variety of family law matters, from contested and uncontested divorces, to enforcement and modifications you may need after a divorce is final.
Adoption is a life-changing moment for children and their adoptive families, and the experience should be an exciting one. Adoption most often involves a complex procedure meant to ensure the change is happening in the child’s best interest. As a result, adoptive parents benefit greatly by having an experienced law firm assisting them through the process. Ashley can assist couples and individuals in adopting a child.
Plan for the unexpected with a living will or power of attorney. A power of attorney allows a person you appoint to act in your place for financial or other purposes if and when you become incapacitated or cannot act on your own behalf. A living will states a person's desires regarding medical treatment in circumstances they are not able to express informed consent. Ashley is happy to assist you in preparing and protecting yourself with living wills and POAs.
Not only does she have experience in the courtroom and the understanding of the legal complexities of domestic violence, Ashley received training from the Women's Crisis Center to better understand what a victim of domestic violence endures and experiences to better advocate and represent those victims of domestic violence. Ashley can guide you through this stressful time and will work to obtain the best results possible for your case.
Many couples choose not to get married before starting a family. Determining custody of minor children between separating couples outside of marriage raises the additional issue of paternity and other complications. Ashley is experienced in addressing, resolving, and litigating the issues that can arise between couples seeking formal custody arrangements.
A simple will provides for the outright distribution of assets for an uncomplicated estate. Although these forms are widely available and easy to use, doing a will without the guidance of an attorney can be risky. You need to be aware of state laws which may affect the distribution of your assets, even if you do not have a complex estate. Ashley can advise you on the best type of will to use, and what to include.
Living Wills and Power of Attorney
Ashley Barber Sexton
Since I could talk, I knew I wanted to be an attorney because I have always had a strong sense of justice. In my high school years, I believed I wanted to be a prosecutor to achieve this goal. A wise Boyd County Circuit Judge advised me that I should become a family law attorney. I spent the first part of my career taking paths simply to avoid becoming a family law attorney. In 2016, I began taking family law cases, and it became clear to me why that wise Circuit Court Judge recommended family law to me. In family law disputes, people are seeking justice for the most important aspect of their lives: their children, their family, themselves, and their property.
I am passionate about family law and criminal defense because they give me the opportunity to work directly with clients and to help them through what is usually the most difficult time in their lives. My clients' priorities are my priorities. I work efficiently and thoroughly to ensure my clients receive the quality representation they deserve in such difficult times.
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
Juris Doctor, May 2015
Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, cum laude August 2011
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Women’s Crisis Center
Basic Legal Training for Dependency, Neglect, and Abuse
Advanced Legal Training for Dependency, Neglect, and Abuse
Women’s Crisis Center 40-hour Training
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Law Training
Kentucky Bar Association
Northern Kentucky Bar Association
Women Lawyers Section
Young Lawyers Section
The Academy of Northern Kentucky Collaborative Professionals
"I cannot express how thankful I am to have chosen Ashley as our attorney. She cares about your story and really listens to the details. Upon meeting Ashley I was scared, unsure, and even shed a few tears. After leaving our consultation I had complete peace going forward. If you are looking for someone that cares and will fight for you, then I highly recommend choosing Ashley!!"
-A Homemaker from Florence, Kentucky
"Working with Ashley has been a pleasure. Anytime I’ve had a question or concern she got back to me quickly and I’ve never had to send a second request before she’d have an answer to me. She’s always been professional and friendly, not many like her."
-A Representative from Ludlow, Kentucky
"Ashley was extremely helpful and effective in helping me through my divorce proceedings. She was incredibly professional and respectful of all of the challenges that come when dealing with people that have a lot of emotions tied to a legal issue. Hopefully I will not need a family law attorney in the future, but if I were to need one, I would call upon Ashley and recommend her to anyone needing assistance in the future."
-A Solutions Architect from Newport, Kentucky
"Ashley made a very difficult situation much easier. She handled my divorce professionally and quickly, despite court closures due to the current pandemic. I really couldn't have done it without her!"
-A Certified Public Accountant from Burlington, Kentucky
"Ashley helped me through my divorce as well as issues that have been continuing through post decree. This process has had a number of interesting challenges due the actions taken by the ex but through it all Ashley has been very professional and thoughtful to this situation. I couldn’t ask for a better person to represent me. She is very thorough in research and is very up front when she might not know the answer to a question. You know that she will have your back and explore all avenues to ensure she is representing you in the best possible way. I highly recommend Ashley Barber Sexton."
-A Banking Analyst from Union, Kentucky
"Ashley is by far the best lawyer I’ve ever had! She is sweet and caring but stands her ground in a courtroom with the knowledge to back it up. I highly recommend her!!!"
-A Small Business Owner from Ludlow, Kentucky
"I was referred to Ashley at a time in my life that I felt scared and broken. Ashley took the time to talk to me, learn about the in's and out's of my specific case, and put my mind at ease. I knew, after speaking with her, that she would give me the best representation possible. Ashley has been there to answer any questions and has kept me assured every step of the way."
-A Healthcare Professional from Alexandria, Kentucky
"Ashley was a pleasure to work with. She kept me informed every step of the way during the legal process. I highly recommend her if you need an attorney."
-An Instructor from Ludlow, Kentucky