How the “better parent” standard fits into a child custody battle

How the “better parent” standard fits into a child custody battle

| May 27, 2020 | Child Custody |

One of the worst situations Kentucky parents can face is battling it out in court just to see their kids. In preparing for a child custody hearing, each parent will be trying to convince the court he or she is the one who should have primary custody. In order to do that, it will be necessary to meet the “better parent” standard.

Like courts in other states, Kentucky’s courts primary concern is what will serve the best interests of the children. This means determining which parent would be better for the children’s physical and psychological well-being. The easiest way to do so would be to agree on a joint custody arrangement and negotiate a parenting plan that gives the children as much access to each parent as possible.

However, if that is not possible, then each parent will need to show that he or she can provide for the children better than the other. One thing that the courts will look for is a willingness to cooperate with the other parent for the best interests of the children. This means not speaking ill of the other parent. Instead, each parent will want to show the court the positive aspects of him or herself instead of pointing out the bad things about the other parent, unless there is good reason to show that the other parent is unfit, such as if there is a substance abuse problem or a domestic abuse issue.

Preparing to show the court that one parent fits the better parent standard more than the other will require some preparation. Gathering the appropriate evidence and preparing to go before the court can be a complex and stressful process. The situation could be made easier by working with an experienced and compassionate family law attorney.