Safeguarding The Interests Of You And Your Children
Determining child custody is always one of the most disputed issues in a Kentucky divorce. Whether part of a divorce, separation or break-up, parents first have the opportunity to reach a custody agreement on their own. However, for various reasons, this is not always feasible. Custody disputes can and do quickly become emotionally charged, resulting in conflict or impasse between the divorcing parents.
Child Custody In Kentucky: Examining The Best Interests Of The Child
When a mutual, amicable decision is not possible, the court will determine what is in the best interests of the child.
There are two parts to child custody: physical and legal. Physical custody refers to the location the child will both reside and spend their time. Legal custody refers to the important decisions that parents must make, including on their child’s education, religion, health and more.
Kentucky courts consider an array of factors in determining the best interests of the child, including:
- The impact a move out of the child’s neighborhood, home or school could have
- The upbringing of the child and roles of each parent
- The wishes of each parent, as well as their mental and physical conditions
- The perceived ability of each parent to encourage their child’s relationship with the other
- The wishes of the child
When possible, courts often favor joint custody to encourage the child’s continued relationship with both parents.
Providing Compassionate Legal Guidance
At HP Law, PLLC, our attorneys have four decades of combined experience safeguarding the interests of Kentucky parents and their children. If you and your spouse are unable to amicably agree on a custody matter, let us help.
We will attempt to negotiate and work with the other parent and their lawyer before doing to court. Litigation, however, may be necessary.
If going to court to seek the help of a family law judge is the best route, we have the experience to aggressively advocate of your interests and that of your child.