Divorce can be emotionally devastating — not just for the couple, but for their children as well. Kentucky parents who have made the very difficult decision that their marriage is unsalvageable need to sort out many issues, one of which includes child custody. In most circumstances, it is wise to keep children living together, but there may be instances when that may not be in their best interests and split custody becomes an option.
This type of situation is not always easy on the kids and so courts usually refrain from granting split custody, but there are mitigating circumstances when it may be in the best interests of the children. For instance, if the children are consistently at each other and never get along, it might be a good idea to have them living in different households. Likewise, if one child is working through some mental health issues that could affect his or her siblings, split custody may be a viable option. As well, if one child has a contentious relationship with one parent, it might be wise if that child lives with the other parent.
In any case, getting the advice of a family therapist may make this important and difficult decision easier to bear. Other circumstances that might warrant split custody are the age and gender of a child — perhaps a teen male would like to live with his father or money issues — one parent can’t meet the financial needs of all the children. Whatever decisions are made, they must reflect what is best for the children.
Divorce is always difficult for children. When it comes to child custody, splitting up the kids may make the situation worse for them or it could become better. Getting the advice and guidance of an attorney in Kentucky before making any decisions is always a wise idea.