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How to help your child adjust to changes to custody arrangements

Child custody arrangements can be very beneficial for children of varying ages. These arrangements can also cause a lot of stress, emotions and worry for the children. It doesn't matter your situation, or how old your children are, it's best to always discuss a potential change to the custody arrangement that is in place. Here are some tips for helping your child adjust to the changes in a custody arrangement in Kentucky.

Making the custody exchange appointment easy for all

The exchange of child custody by parents or guardians is never easy. Even if you get along with the other parent, who very well could be your ex, the situation could be difficult for everyone to endure. If you think you are having trouble with the custody exchange just think of what your children are going through emotionally. Here's how you can make the exchange appointment easy for everyone in Kentucky.

Grandparent visitation and a child’s wishes in Kentucky

When parents choose to raise a child separately, the focus is often placed on the best interests of the child, but examined through the lens of the parents' preferences, as they are the ones who usually have the first say in assembling a parenting and custody plan and presenting it to a court for approval. However, parents are not the only ones who may have a vested interest in a custody arrangement and may wish to have input on the process.

Can I include child custody in a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement can offer excellent protections and detailed guidance, provided the couple who creates it does so with a nuanced understanding of the legal issues at hand. If an agreement includes stipulations surrounding child support or child custody, a court will almost certainly toss out at least the relevant provisions, and possibly the entire agreement, leaving couples with many fewer protections than they expected.

Can you identify parenting time interference?

Parenting time interference is a very serious issue that affects thousands of parents across Kentucky and throughout the country. While it takes many forms, the moving parts are usually the same. If one parent acts in a way that keeps the other parent from enjoying his or her court-ordered parenting time, or if one parent obstructs communication between a child and his or her other parent, this may qualify as parenting time interference.

Can a prenuptial agreement determine child custody?

Prenuptial agreements are excellent tools that couples may use to protect each other and themselves as they approach marriage. However, these agreements have very strict limitations in certain areas, and may prove unenforceable if they include terms that violate these limitations. Before you and your future spouse create a prenuptial agreement, be sure that you understand how to avoid these trouble areas.

Does leaving my marital home affect child custody negotiations?

When you and your children's other parent choose to divorce, you face a number of very difficult decisions. Not only must you address your property division in the divorce, you must reach an agreement about how both of you will share the responsibilities and privileges of child custody. Unfortunately, child custody disputes are often where divorces truly turn nasty and require delicate handling.

Child custody does affect your tax returns

When you and your child's other parent choose to raise the child separately, it is important to understand that the custody agreements you reach may carry significant legal implications and may even affect your tax returns significantly. While many parents prefer to avoid the hassle of working out a professional child custody agreement with an attorney, this path often leads to greater frustration later on, not less.

Pursuing nonparental custody of a child

Seeking custody of a child is always a complex process, even in favorable conditions. However, when individuals other than the biological parents of a child choose to seek custody, they must prepare themselves for a difficult path to caring for the child they love. While courts generally prefer to keep a child with his or her parents, certain situational justifications of placing the child elsewhere do deserve consideration.

A temporary child custody order may help your divorce

Sometimes, when a couple reaches the point of divorce, it is very difficult to reach a fair agreement about how each parent will share and contribute to child care throughout the divorce. Until the court approves a child custody plan near the end of the divorce process, some parents need help playing fair with each and the child's needs. In some cases, one parent may even claim that the other parent is guilty of parental kidnapping.