Kentucky residents who are going through a divorce may face many thorny issues, but perhaps, none more so than the issue of child custody. Parents are obviously, and rightly, passionate about how the divorce will impact their children and their ability to spend time with their children post-divorce. Many parents are ready to fight until the bitter end. However, with the right approach, a child custody dispute could be resolved in the best interests of all parties involved.

First, it is important to realize that a family law court can and will take many different factors into account when deciding the issue of child custody. Decisions need to be made about who will have the primary decision-making power when it comes to issues, such as religion, schooling and healthcare, or if the parties will share this power equally. The court may also need to decide if the children with live primarily with one parent over the other, and thereby grant the "non-custodial" parent a parenting schedule.

But, it may be possible for the parties who are getting a divorce to settle these issues on their own, out-of-court. Potential options could be discussed directly through the parties' attorneys, or they could decide that mediation would be a helpful option. In these options, the parties will likely have more input on the ultimate arrangement that is decided.

Child custody can be a tricky issue to approach in a divorce, often overshadowing other issues, such as property division and alimony. Parents in Kentucky should not be afraid to fight for their preferred position when it comes to child custody, but they must also realize that there may be alternative options. For more information about how our law firm might be able to help with child custody disputes, please visit our website.

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