After a divorce, many couples find themselves facing conflict regarding child custody and parenting time arrangements. Often, one of the ex-spouses feels as though he or she deserves a greater amount of time with the children. However, if you would like your fair share of parenting time, it is important to understand your rights.
The governor of Kentucky signed House Bill 528 in April 2018, which states that the courts must begin all custody cases with the presumption that equal parenting time and joint custody are in the best interest of any children involved. Judges then consider other factors to determine the best possible solution.
The intent of HB 528 is to avoid potential conflict at the outset of child custody determinations. When both parents go into the courtroom assuming that they will at least get a 50/50 agreement, there may be less conflict.
Fighting for your rights
However, just because there is a presumption that joint custody and equal parenting time is the best for children does not mean that some parents will not fight for more than their fair share. In order to ensure that you get the time with your children that you feel is equitable, you need to be ready to prove your point.
If your child custody arrangement is already in place, modification is possible, especially within the first two years. If you believe your children are in an environment that endangers any aspect of their health, you may be able to obtain a child custody modification.