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Aldridge & Birdwhistell has a proven dedication to helping people resolve their differences with as little emotional trauma as possible when going through a divorce. We want to help your children continue to thrive and be happy.
In Kentucky, if divorcing spouses cannot make their own decision about custody of the children, then the court will make the decision for them. Generally, the judge handling the case has a lot of discretion to make the decision.
What Is In The Best Interest Of The Children?
The judge’s goal is to make a custody decision that is in the best interest of the children and evaluate many factors in doing so. Important factors include the children’s involvement in school and the community, the wishes of the child and any instances of abuse or neglect. The court considers all relevant facts.
The judge may award sole child custody to one parent only or joint custody to both parents. Joint custody allows both of the parting spouses to make decisions for the children, whereas a sole custodian is the sole decision-maker.
How To Receive A Workable Parenting Time Schedule
A court also sets a parenting time schedule for the former spouses and evaluates conformity on a regular basis. The arrangement could result in:
- A child residing primarily with one parent and spending time with the other on weekends
- Parenting time split equally between the parents.
There is no preference given to a mother or a father with regard to deciding parenting times. Each party gets equal consideration.
When Can You Ask For A Modification?
If circumstances have changed since you initially agreed to a custody agreement, you may be able to modify that agreement. Our lawyers can help you understand the situations that warrant modifications and walk you through the process.
Protecting Your Rights And Your Children
Decisions about the custody and visitation of your child are the most important you’ll ever make. We understand the gravity of the situation and will provide the legal guidance you need to make decisions that are best for your children.