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Kentucky updates child custody laws to reflect modern parenting

Although parenting in modern times has allegedly become more equitable, many parents, especially fathers, still feel at a disadvantage when it comes to child custody matters. In many cases, one parent (usually the mother) is still given primary custody and the other is relegated to scheduled visitation.

Parallel parenting may be the better option for some parents

Not every Kentucky couple can work together after a divorce. Sometimes, the anger and hurt remain so strong that the parties have a difficult time being in the same room together even though they recognize that the children need to spend as much time with each of them as possible. In these cases, parallel parenting may provide a way through these challenges.

Britney Spears to be deposed in child support modifcation request

When a Kentucky couple with children divorces, property division and custody issues are not the only ones decided. An amount of child support is ordinarily assessed against one parent. Since people's lives change over the years, the receiving parent may no longer believe the amount is adequate and may request a modification of the amount from the court. Kevin Federline has done this in connection with the amount of support he receives for the two children he has with Britney Spears.

How can an attorney help with your child custody issues?

Ending a marriage or long-term relationship is fraught with financial, logistical and emotional challenges. These challenges are only compounded when children are involved. Protecting your parental rights and making the best decisions possible for your children's futures may require enlisting some guidance and help in getting through your child custody issues, especially if you end up in a Kentucky court.

How not to approach child custody as a competition

By the end of a marriage, many Kentucky couples subconsciously enter into an atmosphere in which they are pitted one against the other. The divorce becomes more of a competition to see who "wins" regardless of the issue. This approach is not healthy for either party, and is certainly not healthy for the children. When it comes to child custody issues, making it a competition only ends up hurting the children -- not just in the short term, but in the long term as well.

Child custody issues: The drop-off location

If you are going through a divorce with children, you may hear more than once that you need to put your feelings for your soon-to-be former spouse aside for their sake. While you may be able to do so in order to negotiate a child custody agreement that will meet the approval of a Kentucky family court, that does not mean that you necessarily want to spend a significant amount of time with your ex thereafter. In fact, even though you may agree to communicate and compromise in order to co-parent, that does not mean that you and your ex can handle extended periods of face-to-face contact.

Your child custody issues are too important to go it alone

Whether you are divorcing a spouse or separating from a partner, as a parent, you want to make sure that you do what you believe is best for your kids. Not every couple can resolve their child custody issues amicably and may need to go to mediation or court. Even if you and the other parent decide not to go to court, the stakes are too high to go it alone. This means that you may need to start looking for a Kentucky attorney to help you.

Kentucky proposes child support law reform

Proposed changes to current law may keep some offenders out of jail. Kentucky parents who are behind in their child support payments will have another chance to make it good before being sent to overcrowded state prisons, under the potential change. The change is somewhat contentious and has vocal supporters and detractors.

Bird nesting may alleviate child custody and support stress

It's logical to assume that not many people think they will wind up in divorce court when they join hands in matrimony with the loves of their lives. The reality is, however, that many marital relationships encounter problems that cause damage that spouses consider irreparable. This type of situation often leads to divorce. For Kentucky couples who have children together, child custody and support issues may be extremely stressful; in recent times, many parents have found a way to eliminate such stress by agreeing to try a new form of co-parenting called bird nesting.

Social Security benefits can be lost to child support arrears

Social Security is a financial lifeline that is indispensable to millions of people nationwide, including in Kentucky. It typically forms a significant part of the monthly incomes of countless retirees. Although this may be a guaranteed source of income, it is not untouchable. Individuals who default on federal student loans, federal income tax, alimony and child support may result in Social Security benefits being garnished.