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Birth certificates without fathers raise child custody questions

The legal system in Kentucky has yet to catch up with the fact that an increasing number of children are not born to married parents. Current births to unmarried parents account for 40 percent of births. In 2007, the rate of births to unmarried parents was only 18 percent. The trend has raised the number of birth certificates that do not list fathers.

Parents who are denied child custody may have visitation rights

In some divorce court proceedings in Kentucky, parents are denied custody of their children. This can happen for a number of reasons, including fear for the child's safety, avoiding a dual living situation and preference for the child's primary caregiver. Sometimes, denying custody to one parent doesn't have anything to do with the living conditions. Many courts strive to involve that parent in the children's lives as much as possible with generous visitation.

What to know about being a custodial parent

Generally speaking, a child's custodial parent is the one he or she lives with most of the time. However, Kentucky parents shouldn't assume that this is always the case. A court may require a parent to actually file for custody in family court even if the other parent isn't supporting the child financially or in other ways. This can be done either with an attorney or by filing pro se without one.

The uses of a parenting agreement

When Kentucky parents of young children divorce, they may need to create a parenting agreement. In such a document, parents put into writing their agreements on a number of topics including a visitation schedule, where the child will go to school, who will be responsible for the child's medical care, who the child will spend which holidays with and any other concerns the parents have.

How to meet the best interests of a child

In most cases, Kentucky parents and others who have been divorced should receive shared physical custody of their children. This is because it is often in the best interest of the child to do so. An exception may be made in the event that a parent is abusive or otherwise puts the child in danger. However, shared parenting may not be as prevalent as it should be because of myths that have been propagated over the years.

Shared parenting a priority in Kentucky

When two parents do not agree on how to divide child custody, it can bring out a lot of emotions on both sides. The decision falls on a judge, who has to consider what is best for the child. This can feel unfair to parents who feel a court doesn't fully know the dynamics of their family.

How divorced parents can give their kids structure

When Kentucky parents get divorced, they will still likely be required to maintain some sort of relationship while they continue to raise the children. However, effectively raising the children can be difficult when both parents decide to have a different set of house rules. This can be hard for the kids because they may become confused or never know what is expected of them.