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Kentucky residents like you have your plate full when going through the divorce process. It’s a lot of emotional stress, heavy baggage, and decision-making that can change the course of your life. Some of these decisions can even impact your ability to gain custody of your children.

FindLaw features a frequently asked questions segment on divorce, with one portion in particular talking about things that can hurt your chances of gaining custody of your children. Unfortunately, custody can be a tricky situation and almost anything you say or do can end up being scrutinized heavily by your peers and the courts alike.

For example, what if you decide to move from your house before the divorce is finalized? Though it may seem like the best option, it also leaves your children with the other parent. You may have many valid reasons for doing this. However, leaving the children behind can imply certain things to a judge that may make them more inclined to award custody to the parent remaining at the home. They may also do this to avoid disrupting the children’s lives, as they would not have to move out.

In short, moving out can unfortunately result in your chances of gaining custody lowered somewhat. If you are faced with decisions that need to be made during a custody battle and you aren’t sure what to do, you may benefit from the expert aid of an attorney. They can help you understand your unique position in the situation, and how to navigate through it.