On behalf of Tasha K. Schaffner of Schaffner Family Law posted in child custody on Thursday, June 23, 2016.
For many Kentucky families, divorce is hardest on the youngest members of the family. For this reason, parents may work together on a child custody arrangement that is the least disruptive for the children. Co-parenting, while not the ideal solution for every situation, could be an beneficial solution for parents seeking to protect the best interests of the kids.
Co-parenting means that parents will share responsibilities such as transportation, visitation time and more. They may also share decision-making authority regarding religious upbringing, education and medical needs. How this works on a daily basis will differ based on the needs and desires of the individual Kentucky family.
The foundation of a truly workable and sustainable parenting plan is a carefully drafted child custody order. When parents choose to avoid litigation and work together on the terms of an agreement outside of court, they can maintain better control over how their family functions after the divorce is final. This also allows for consideration of special needs and issues with the children. If parents are not able to do this, the custody decisions will be made by a family court.
The objective of the family court during a child custody dispute is to protect the best interests of the children. However, a parent can avoid the stress and cost of litigation by working with a strong and experienced legal ally to reach an arrangement that is beneficial to every member of the family. To better understand all available options and discuss individual goals during divorce, a case evaluation is recommended.