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Child Custody Archives

Considerations taken by the court for child relocation

Are you considering relocating for a job or another personal reason? Do you have children? Are you divorced, and do you have a child custody agreement? If you answered yes to all of these questions then you cannot simply pack up your life and your child's life and move somewhere else. You are required by the court to notify the other parent who is not relocating. The court will take the following into consideration when determining whether or not to allow a parent to relocate with a child.

Reasons that kids may prefer living with one parent after divorce

After a divorce, parents come up with a child custody plan and/or visitation schedule. While it feels to them like the job is done and the plan is perfect, it sometimes takes them by surprise when a child is resistant to it. That child may clearly prefer one parent and even refuse to go live with the other parent.

What is 'reasonable visitation'?

During your divorce case, the judge says that you should get "reasonable visitation" to allow you to see your children, even though they are going to live with your ex. You understand why living with your ex helps them -- they keep the same home, friends, neighbors and school -- but you want to make sure that you understand just what rights you have. What does reasonable visitation mean?

Reasons a child custody arrangement can be modified

A child custody arrangement must be followed by all parties involved. Even if the children are not happy with the new schedule or living arrangements, you cannot prevent them from seeing their other parent. If changes need to be made to the arrangement you must do it formally and with the help of a family law attorney. Following are some of the key reasons why a child custody arrangement may warrant modification.

Do I qualify as the primary caretaker of my children?

When the custody of a child is called into question by two divorcing parents, the courts will usually favor the parent who is deemed to be the "primary caretaker" of the children. If the family has one working spouse and one homemaker spouse who stays home and takes care of the kids, determining who is the primary caretaker is a straightforward process. However, most modern families have two working spouses so the process of identifying the primary caretaker might not be that clear cut.

Make realistic schedules for spending time with children

Child custody agreements are important documents in thousands of relationships across Kentucky. Once an agreement is in place, it is time to come up with a schedule that not only fits your life, but also your children's lives. It also needs to be as realistic as possible. Here are some tips for you to follow when creating the schedule.