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In a divorce case, one of the most sensitive topics is child custody. Child custody issues are contentious. In a couple that is already combative, child custody issues can be even more overwhelming. For the typical couple, deciding custody is hard enough. One of the most common beliefs is that fathers do not receive a fair shot when it comes to child custody. Kentucky is not a state that favors mothers over fathers. In fact, Kentucky is the first state to give both a fair shot.

According to WFPL, the bill that offers parents a fair shot is a bill that states divorced parents receive joint custody as a default. In the past, it was very common for a court to name one parent as the primary guardian and to exclude the other parent from most of the childrearing. This parent was often the father.

Now, fathers and mothers have equal treatment under the law. The courts recognize that it is in the interest of the child to have a meaningful relationship with both his and her parents. Now, the courts still have to consider several different factors. For instance, the court must consider what is easiest and in the best interest of the child. A court may decide that they do not want to move the child far from the school that they attend. There court will still have a say in who can receive custody of the child. This is especially important when it comes to issues of domestic violence or abuse.

None of the above is considered legal advice. It is for informational purposes only.