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Child Custody Archives

Should you date while divorcing?

Getting through a divorce or a child custody dispute is difficult enough emotionally. It is unlikely that a person will go through this experience alone. In these instances, it is easy for a person to lean on someone emotionally (and perhaps romantically) for support. Because of this, some may question whether a person going through a divorce or custody matter should date someone else during this process.

Common errors parents make in custody proceedings

Kentucky parents who are seeking custody of their children during the divorce process are urged to make the proceeding about the children as opposed to about themselves. This means that a parent should not imply that the other parent doesn't deserve custody because of his or her misdeeds in a marriage or relationship. It is also important for parents to not imply that a child belongs only with one parent.

Technology and parental communication with children

If divorced Kentucky parents of young children live relatively far away from each other, there might be an agreement in place that the noncustodial parent communicates with the child using technology such as Skype, Facetime, phone calls or texting. However, in some cases, custodial parents might wonder whether they can prevent the other parent from communicating with the child in this way.

How to prepare for litigation over child custody

Parents who must go through a child custody battle as part of of their contested divorce proceeding can prepare in ways that may help their case. While it is better to avoid litigation since a parent may be unhappy with the outcome, in some cases, it cannot be avoided. Going into litigation, parents should make sure they thoroughly understand Kentucky custody laws. They might also want to work with an attorney.

When a child's custodial parent dies

If a Kentucky parent who has primary physical custody of a child dies, the other parent may apply for custody. If that parent is a father, paternity must have been established with either the father's name on the birth certificate or by an acknowledgment of paternity form signed by the father and filed with the court. If neither of these are in place, the father may have to establish paternity before beginning the process of seeking custody.

How to focus on the children during divorce

March is often a peak month for couples to file for divorce. This is according to a study done by the University of Washington. For Kentucky parents, it is important that they make their divorce one that is focused on their children. This may meant that the summer months may be easiest for the kids because parents can spend more time helping them adjust.

What happens with custody when a military parent deploys?

Kentucky parents who are in the military might wonder what their rights are when they are embroiled in a child custody and visitation dispute. Many military members worry about how possible periods of deployment might affect their child custody and visitation rights.

Child custody, de facto custodians

When Kentucky courts determine child custody matters during a divorce, they consider what is in the best interests of the children involved. Joint or sole custody may be awarded, and judges give equal consideration to parents and de facto custodians when making decisions.

Creating a parenting agreement

When Kentucky couples decide to get a divorce, they can often resolve custody disputes before heading to court. Reaching an agreement regarding custody can happen informally between the two parents or their attorneys. If this does not work, there are alternative methods for reaching an agreement, such as mediation. Ultimately, the goal is to create a parenting agreement that's in the best interest of the children.

Reducing the impact of divorce on children

Divorce negotiations in Kentucky and around the country often get heated when delicate issues such as spousal support or property division are brought up, but even spouses who really do not like one another are often able to put their differences aside when the welfare of their children is at stake. There has been a lot written about how divorce can leave children traumatized, but divorcing parents may be able to minimize these dangers if they are able to accept that they both want what is best for their children and are doing the best that they can.