Lawyer advances to November election against judge on her divorce case

Irina Baranova

Editor’s note: This story contains language that might be offensive to some readers.

A lawyer who filed to run for Family Court in Oldham, Henry and Trimble counties against the incumbent judge presiding over her contentious divorce is one step closer to serving on the bench. 

Joni Bottoff was the second-highest vote-getter in the three-person race Tuesday, meaning she will move on to the general election in November. 

She got 37% of the vote to 47% for first-place finisher Doreen Goodwin, the incumbent. Todd Bolus finished third.

The Courier Journal reported in February that Bottorff, whose practice is focused on estate planning and probate, had never filed a divorce case or practiced family law, according to court records. 

But by entering the race, Bofforff forced Goodwin to recuse herself from her long-running divorce case in which Goodwin twice found Bottorff in contempt of court. 

Kentucky primary election results 2022: Oldham County | The Courier-Journal

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