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Child Custody Archives

Don't hesitate to pursue fair child support

Being a parent is a difficult task under the best of circumstances, but becomes increasingly trying when one parent or another does not fulfill his or her responsibilities to the child. For thousands of parents fighting the good fight every day to be the best parent they can be for the child they love, the lack of child support from the other parent is an unfair burden that they should not have to bear. If you are dealing with unpaid child support, there are actions you can take to get the help you need.

Who is given preference in child custody cases -- mom or dad?

In contested custody cases, it is difficult to say what the outcome will be. Most fathers are likely to think that their wishes do not matter and that the mother's wants have priority. There was a time that this was true. However, things are changing, and, at the end of the day, the goal of

Pursuing fathers' rights in Kentucky

Becoming a parent does not always happen in the way one might expect, but this does not mean that your rights as a parent are any less legitimate. For fathers in Kentucky, parental rights are well worth fighting for, but must be sought in specific ways to guarantee the highest likelihood of success.

Elements that determine a child's best interests

In most cases, it is usually best for a divorcing family to determine among themselves what a fair custody arrangement looks like for them. Each instance of child custody has its own contributing factors, and no two situations are exactly the same. However, when a court gets involved with a custody agreement if the parents cannot create their fair own parenting plan, it will attempt to make a ruling based on what is in the child's best interest. This determination is not an exact science and can be affected by many factors.

Custody specifics in Kentucky

Divorce may happen all over the country, and throughout the world, but where the process takes place can greatly affect the aftermath of the split. This is especially true when it comes to child custody agreements. The State of Kentucky, like all states, has state-specific laws that determine how custody is distributed in custody agreements.

Can I claim a child as a dependant if I have joint custody?

When parents of a child divorce, it can be a complex and lengthy process deciding which parental privileges and responsibilities each parent will shoulder individually and which will be shared. Often, however, the tax implications of custody are overlooked until it comes time to file in the spring. Many parents are suddenly faced with determining who gets to claim the child as a dependant for tax purposes.

How do I evaluate my parenting plan?

As children throughout the country are entering into a new school year, many freshly divorced parents are getting their first real taste of the advantages and disadvantages of their newly ordered parenting plans. Courts do their best to issue orders that will make for the best quality of life for the child at the heart of a parenting plan, but often the expectations of what is needed and what is doable for each parent do not accurately anticipate the reality. It is good to be mindful of your expectations, the needs of the child and the actual ability of you and your former spouse to communicate when evaluating your parenting time plan.

Child abuse and neglect actions: What you should know

The idea of having your child removed from your house because of abuse or neglect is not something any parent wants to think about, but it happens every day. In Kentucky, this is usually the result of a Dependent, Neglected or Abused (DNA) action. The most obvious circumstances that could result in a DNA action are those where physical or sexual abuse is present.

Sole legal custody versus sole physical custody.

Determining which particular kind of custody is ideal to pursue in a divorce or legal separation involving children can be a complex decision in an already difficult situation. Understanding the legal differences between obtaining legal and physical custody can help you pursue the best option for you and your children.

Summer custody: Staying in communication is key

There are some common do's and don'ts when it comes to the summer months and child custody. Some parents find that this time of year is difficult, since children no longer attend school and may have extracurricular activities throughout the summer. Vacations and holidays can be a cause for concern and may cause conflicts as well.