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Ideally, when you have children, you and the other parent will get along and not have disagreements over custody situations. However, this is not always what happens. You cannot control the other person and how he or she reacts to the situation. Your best defense in such a situation is to understand what rights you have when it comes to custody matters in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Court of Justice explains that if you will go to court for a custody matter, you have the right to know the names and addresses of anyone the other parent is calling as a witness 14 days prior to the hearing. If the other parent wishes to move away with your children, you have a right to a written notice of the move and the right to file a motion with the court objecting to the move.

In any type of child custody hearing, you also have certain rights. You may request mediation instead of going to court. You also have the right to a custody evaluation by the court. You can request family counseling or an appointment of a professional for opinions or advice. You also can ask for psychological evaluations for your children or the other parent. It is also your right to request the appointment of a guardian ad litem.

Knowing what rights you have in court can help you to better approach any type of custody hearing or issue. It can also help you to prepare your case and know what to do before the court makes a decision or a deadline comes and goes. This information is for education and is not legal advice.