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What legal solutions are available for child custody disputes?

Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs a person can have. It can be even more complicated if you are no longer married to or involved with the other parent but are still raising a child together. In these situations, it isn't always possible to resolve an argument or disagreement on your own and legal action is necessary.

If you are struggling with an issue involving child custody in Kentucky, there will typically be legal remedies available to resolve the issue. In this post, we will look at a few of these solutions.

With the understanding that every situation is different and every case must be considered individually, here are some commons legal measures that can be taken to resolve custody matters.

  1. Parenting plans: A custody order, or parenting plan, must be developed or approved by the courts in order to establish legal and physical custody. These agreements will take into account what is in the best interests of your child and then assign parenting time and rights to each parent. 
  2. Reviews and modification: If you disagree with a custody plan, or if circumstances change over time that impacts parenting time, the courts can review an existing order. If necessary, they can also grant a modification to the original order.
  3. Enforcement: If you or the other parent violates the terms of a custody and visitation order, legal penalties can be handed down by the courts. Depending on the violation and other circumstances, penalties could include fines, loss of parenting time and even jail.

These are just a few of the legal remedies available to parents across Kentucky who are facing a child custody matter that cannot or should not be resolved between parents.

In order to assess these and other options, you can discuss the specifics of your unique situation and concerns with a family law attorney. With legal guidance and resources, you can resolve the issues complicating custody and parental rights and move forward.

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