There are several factors that the courts will take into consideration before deciding with whom a child will reside after a marriage dissolves. One of the first points is the age and needs of the child in question. If a child is a teenager, he or she may have significant say in where he or she will reside. The courts will also take into consideration the emotional bonds between the child and parents, and whether a change in living arrangements will be conducive to the child’s well-being.
Fathers do have certain rights, whether they are granted full or even shared custody. They are entitled to set up a visitation schedule that conforms to court orders as well as planning activities for their time with their children. A father is further assured of the right to file a petition for modifications if the other parent attempts to change the current orders or acts to prevent visitation. He is further granted equal say in how a child will be educated and raised as long as he has been granted equal legal custody.
In most cases, Kentucky judges will make every effort to ensure that both parents are granted child custody as equal as the circumstances allow. However, if there is any history of domestic violence or child abuse, then the courts must act to protect the best interest of the child. Parents who are struggling to adhere to current agreements or are finding it difficult to develop a parenting plan may choose to seek the input of an experienced family law attorney.