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Ruth Jean Wilkerson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Louisville, KY

3.4   5 reviews

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Ruth Wilkerson has been practicing law in Kentucky since 2010. A graduate of the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia and Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, Ruth has a varied legal background which included estate planning, workers compensation, personal injury litigation, employment law, civil rights discrimination and sexual harassment. Ruth has focused on Family Law matters since joining Hoge & Associates in January 2014. She has handled both contested and uncontested divorce actions, modifications of child support and maintenance/alimony, disputed parenting matters such as visitation schedules and primary residence, adoption proceedings, child custody and domestic violence proceedings.

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Licensed for 12 years
State KY
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2010
Updated 09/20/2022

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231 South Fifth Street, 3rd Floor Suite
Louisville, KY, 40202


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Posted by James | February 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Ruth really had my back and was quick to make sure I understood all that was coming at me. Honestly she was that person who truly protected me through the hardest time in my life.
Posted by Michelle | September 26, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
I am a current client. Ruth is very professional and caring. I am still currently a client in a on going case. I would highly recommend her. She keeps you informed of all information.
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2015
I was very pleased with how professional & helpful Ruth was through the divorce process. I would highly recommend her to friends if asked.
Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
At the initial consultation, I met Ruth but I hired the Mr. Hoge, I was assured that she was very knowledgeable and would provide equal representation when required. Twice my ex-wife was held in contempt and Ruth would work for several hours to get an Agreed Order, all were signed, but none were successful. I would give her an in-depth report of events and she would refuse to listen and tell me what my ex's attorney said. I even went as far as giving her the names and phone numbers of the sheriffs that were involved, but she would refuse to hear my side. years ago. Unfortunately most of the things that I did not how consul on were very expensive to rebut. Most were unsuccessful and required the services of another attorney to mitigate. It turned out that everything after mediation was handled by Ruth and it was not a pleasant experience. She was unresponsive and defensive in his dealings with me. When he was informed that I was seeking other counsel, she withdrew and every time that I received any correspondence from her office it was mentioned how they were disappointed with my anonymous review. They were downright nasty about it - and that's putting it mildly. Never again.
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Response from Ruth Wilkerson March 28, 2016
I make a point to carefully listen to ALL of my clients' concerns. I know how troubling this time can be and because of that I return every client's call and e-mail as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, in this case the former client and I have different perspectives of what specifically occurred. This was a very complex situation with unique circumstances. It is unfortunate that this individual believes his needs were not met, but I am confident that our office did the very best in a situation involving special circumstances.
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2015
Child Support
I employed Hoge attorneys ( specifically Ruth Wilkerson ) I was led to believe there was wiggle room in the amount a father had to pay based upon his level of custody that he had with his child. Ruth went straight to the Kentucky calculator and divided the support payment into percentages of our total income and added the health insurance into the percentages, this left me with $14. a week to live on. I tried to show her a breakdown of my living expenses ( just the have to make payments ) and her response was do you want to terminate our contract. After that I did. I honestly got a better offer from the states attorney.
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Response from Ruth Wilkerson July 29, 2015
At our law firm, we try to educate our clients about the law applicable to their case. In this matter, child support and the calculation of child support was at issue. In Kentucky, child support is calculated according to specific statutory guidelines, which does not include debts or net income of the parties. Here’s a link to estimate child support: In other words, it is irrelevant to the Court if a child support obligee has a large debt or other significant living expenses. Child support is based on gross income first. In order to modify the child support calculation, the Court may consider the parties’ parenting schedule with the issue being that increased parenting time may result in a reduced child support obligation; however, nothing is guaranteed. All this information is explained to every client, but it is ultimately their decision with regard to how the case is handled.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Hoge Partners, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Hoge & Associates
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Jacqueline K. Schroering
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Fayette County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2008 - 2008
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  • Appalachian School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Transylvania University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007


  • Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Family Law Section of Louisville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • AAML Institute for Family Law Associates Advanced Training
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AAML Institute for Family Law Associates Introductory Training
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • 2015
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  • Appalachian Natural Resources Law Journal
  • Editor
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (6)
Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ruth as she does excellent work on behalf of her clients."
Family Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Louisville Divorce and separation Lawyer Ruth Jean Wilkerson
Ruth Jean Wilkerson
Divorce and separation Attorney
Louisville, KY
Licensed for 12 years