Child custody is commonly a top-of-mind concern for couples considering divorce. For couples with children who are divorcing in Kentucky, understanding the child custody process and how the family law court handles it can be useful to help keep anxiety about the process at a minimum.
Kentucky courts will evaluate what is in the best interests of the child when making child custody decisions. To determine what is in the best interest of the child, the family law court will visit a number of factors to help it better understand what the best child custody situation possible for that child is. Each situation is different but the family law court will look at the wishes of the parents and their ability to parent; the wishes of the child; the emotional bond between the parents and child; and what the impact would be if the child custody arrangement forced the child to adjust to a new neighborhood or school.
Determining what the best child custody arrangement is, depending on what is in the best interests of the child, essentially focuses on ensuring that whatever child custody arrangement is ordered by the court or agreed upon by the parents fosters the child’s overall well being and their growth and development. Divorce can be challenging for everyone, especially children, which is why the family law process seeks to determine child custody in a way that is best for them.
Additional child custody complexities can also be addressed by the family law court including parental relocation or grandparent custody and visitation. Because the family law system provides a wealth or resources to help divorcing parents through the child custody process, they should be familiar with how their child’s best interests is determined and a child custody arrangement is decided on.