On behalf of Tasha K. Schaffner of Schaffner Family on Thursday, April 26, 2018.
The end of a relationship between parents is seldom an easy transition. Indeed, Kentucky parents are often caught up in so many conflicting emotions, that it may be difficult to see the forest for the trees. In these cases, no matter how distraught and angry parents may feel, child custody must be focused on what plans will best serve the needs of the children involved.
In general, most family court judges are in favor of parenting plans that involve both parents as equally as possible. In this way, children are permitted to form strong relationships with both of their parents — regardless of the relationship between the adults. In those cases where it may be detrimental for a child to spend equal time with one of those parents due to fears of danger to a child, then one parent may make a case for primary or even sole custody. However, this is when a true battle may ensue.
The parent who feels that he or she is being cut out may attempt to lodge hurtful accusations in an effort to discredit the other parent. In these circumstances, you are entitled to retain an attorney who is skilled in protecting the rights of a child to a safe and nurturing environment — even if that means limiting the custody rights of the other party. What is best for a parent must not figure into the equation until it is determined what custody plan best protects and provides a sense of security for your precious child.
Child custody cases can be difficult and emotional battles. It may be helpful to keep in mind that the ones who matter most are the children. Kentucky parents who are struggling to resolve this important issue may be best served by enlisting the assistance and support of an experienced family law attorney who has a successful record of placing the emotional and physical needs of every child first.