Child Custody Archives

Communication, Technology and Child Custody

An issue that arises frequently in child custody cases is one of poor communication. Frequently, one or both parties will forego or limit communication, or there will be a great deal of extremely negative, aggressive messages. These messages are presented to court, and all too often, a party will deny or delete those messages.  Negativity can arise over everything from a failure to coordinate calendar issues to passing along school information.

ADDICTION, PARENTAL RIGHTS AND CHILD CUSTODY - A PRIMER

Of all of the emotional child custody disputes that arise in the course of a family law case, many of the most troubling swirl around substance abuse, addiction and how to handle restoration during or after a period of rehabilitation. During the period of active addiction, truly awful things frequently occur - abuse, neglect, emotional manipulation and childhood exposure to very adult misbehavior and criminal concepts.  For most people who are suffering from addictive conditions, once courts intervene, all but the ones in their most extreme phases of denial will acknowledge that their parental involvement should be restricted (if not suspended altogether) while they get their lives on track.  What happens afterward is where the difficulties arise.

Holiday Schedules - the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Parenting time becomes especially fraught with discord at the holidays. Each parent wants to have the children for their extended family's holiday traditions during the earliest phases of litigation, and later, once new relationships are forged, parents want holiday schedules to mesh with those of their new significant other.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULES AND PARENTING TIME

It is that time of year again - for anyone interested in making different holiday arrangements with regard to parenting time, matters must be hashed out or docketed now. It helps to have an experienced family lawyer assist you with these tasks. 

Knowing How To Parent After Divorce

In matters of child custody and parenting time in divorces, Kentucky legislators and judges have a lot to say. There are statutes and  judicial opinions addressing myriad issues of jurisdiction, of best interests, of factors to be used to determine what happens in modifications and what happens when someone relocates and leaves the immediate area in pursuit of new employment, new relationships or a plain fresh start. Sadly, in all of this material, there is very little said with regard to how to act as a parent.

Child Custody and the Allocation of Parenting Time

In Kentucky, the minimum allocation of shared parenting time in a child custody case is done on a case by case basis, with the court always looking toward the best interests of the child. Under our Family Court Rules of Practice and Procedure, the minimum recommendation is every other weekend, with an overnight to occur midweek; however, given the time demands of the modern economy, working shifts do not necessarily follow patterns that work seamlessly with this type of schedule. Happily, in the Louisville area, we often find an increasing willingness to award more than the minimums and to work "outside the box" of traditional day shift schedules (provided that there is a suitable home environment).  In order to see to it that children get significant interaction with both parents, courts are obligated to make allowances to accomodate the work needs of emergency service personnel, people working in health care and those who find themselves traveling in the course of their employment; this has now been extended to the current mix of flexible scheduling.

Child Custody and Summer Visitation/Parenting Time

For people subject to child custody orders, another summer holiday is very nearly upon us, bringing about the all too frequent disputes about holiday and summer parenting time. Over our years of practice, we've seen this time of year create needless lost time and stress, with concomitant expense and ill-will.

Child Custody of Mid to Late Teens

We frequently receive child custody questions regarding older teens.  Customarily, the caller is trying to ascertain whether the teen can state who the child lives with and at what age their wishes will be deemed conclusive.

Child Custody Battles - Listening

Child custody cases frequently bring out the worst in parents.  All too often, parents seek to extend conflicts into aspects of childrearing that have previously not been problematic between them.  These battles can occur over previously mundane practices and events from routinely scheduled family gatherings to outdoor fishing trips, and seldom are the desires of the children themselves taken into account.  in fact, on all too many occasions, the concerns of the children are ignored completely.

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