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.
Who will be awarded custody of children is of significant concern during any divorce. Knowing how child custody determinations are made can help parents reach the best custody arrangement possible for their family.
Kentucky's child custody laws are intended to achieve what is in the best interests of the child or, in other words, what is best for the child when a child custody decision is being made. This can help parents rest a little more easily during the child custody process and also help them know what to focus on as well.
Modification following divorce are important to understand and may include a child custody modification or a child support modification. Life seldom remains the same following a divorce which is why understanding family law resources to help with post-divorce modifications is important.
Though a couple may make the difficult decision to divorce and no longer be spouses, that does not mean that they are no longer parents. Co-parenting tips can help the divorcing parents successfully co-parent and navigate child custody considerations following their divorce.
This blog recently discussed that joint custody is the preferred default for child custody decisions in Kentucky, but it is worth taking a look at the different types of child custody. This knowledge will help parents understand how child custody is determined and what they can expect from a child custody arrangement. In general, child custody decisions are always made based on the best interests of the child.
Kentucky couples who have a child and have ended their relationship will often be in dispute over child custody. Obviously, co-parenting and sharing parenting time is often beneficial for the parents and child. However, the decision as to which parent will be granted primary custody is often the foundation for rancor and disagreement.
Individuals who have had to deal with the family law courts of the state know that matters related to the custody of children can be difficult and emotional proceedings. In Kentucky courts hear countless custody matters that result from parental separations, break-ups and divorces. In some cases sole custody may be the result of a hearing while in others joint custody may prevail.
In Kentucky and many other jurisdictions throughout the country, child custody decisions are made based on the subjective interests of the children in question. That is to say, the best interests of the child guide how a court will resolve their custodial care following their parents' divorce. Since different children have different needs, their custodial arrangements can take on very different forms.