New family court judge appointed in 42nd Judicial Circuit

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Family Court Judge Vacancy Filled

Stephanie Perlow

The vacancy for family court judge of the 42nd Judicial Circuit was filled March 3.

Stephanie Perlow was appointed as the new judge for Marshall and Calloway counties. The appointment is effective immediately. Perlow was administered the oath of office by Chief Circuit Judge James T. Jameson in a private ceremony with immediate family. Pastor Matt Johnson offered a prayer before the oath.

A public swearing-in ceremony was planned for a later date, however, due to the recent protocol for public gatherings due to COVID-19, a public swearing-in will be postponed until further notice.

Judge Perlow has been working to ensure that vital services of her court continue with as little disruption as possible. This includes addressing all child dependency, neglect and abuse emergency custody orders, Emergency Protective Orders (EPO) and Domestic Violence Orders (DVO). She has been working closely with local law enforcement, other local judges, and the Cabinet for Families and Children to address the emergency matters.

Perlow’s appointment fills the remainder of the term of retiring Family Court Judge Rob Mattingly. Perlow is a candidate in the upcoming election which includes a primary June 23, extended from its original date in May due to COVID-19.

Before becoming family court judge, Perlow maintained a law practice almost exclusively dedicated to all areas of family law for the past 11 1/2 years, including adoptions, divorce, custody, and as a guardian ad litem for dependency, neglect and abuse cases involving children. She is a cum laude graduate of Murray State University and graduate of Western Michigan University-Cooley School of Law and attends The Journey Church in Murray.

Her husband, David Perlow, is a graduate of Calloway County High School, Murray State University, and Michigan State College of Law and he practices law in Calloway and Marshall counties. She and David have two children, Penelope and Theodore.