Assisting Kentucky Parents with Child Custody Issues
Once a parent, always a parent. The important role you play in your child's life does not change just because of your divorce.
At McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC, we understand this truth, and we are here to help protect your parental rights and your relationships with your children. With offices in Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort and Greenup, our family law attorneys are well-equipped to handle child custody concerns throughout Kentucky.
Understanding the Different Terms
You may have heard a variety of terms used when talking about custody and visitation issues. Here is a brief explanation of what they all mean:
- Sole custody - This means that you are the one and only decision-maker for many major life decisions affecting your child. You have the sole authority to make important choices about schooling, religious upbringing, medical care and other critical issues, barring an Order from the Court holding otherwise.
- Joint custody - In this arrangement, which is generally favored by the courts, both parents share the power to make important decisions. Shared custody is not the same as having the child live with each parent 50 percent of the time. Instead, it has to do with decision-making authority.
- Timesharing/Visitation - In some scenarios, a child will spend the majority of overnights with one parent, and the other parent will have scheduled parenting time every other weekend and during school breaks. Parenting time is sometimes referred to as "timesharing" or "visitation," depending upon the custody arrangement.
The Child's Best Interests Always Come First
In all custody cases, the court's primary concern is the best interests of the child. To determine what arrangement would be best, the court will consider a variety of factors. These include the quality of the parent-child relationships, the parents' physical and mental health, the preferences of the child, the wishes of the parents, any domestic abuse concerns, and other relevant issues.
At McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC, our lawyers have the detailed family law knowledge necessary to help make a case that living with you is in your child's best interests. We can also help you pursue a relocation or defend against such a move.
Arrange a Consultation Today
Our team is highly responsive to our clients' needs and returns all calls and emails promptly. Feel free to contact us online or call us at 859-231-8780 to set up a consultation.
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