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Understanding how you can spend child support

The child support you receive was ordered by a family law judge. Therefore, you may believe that the courts can dictate what you spend the money on, especially if your ex-spouse attempts to tell you how to spend the money he or she gives you. At the law offices of Lonneman & McMahan PLLC, we understand that this topic can be frustrating and even worrying for you and other Kentucky residents, and we are prepared to answer your questions.

Is joint custody the right option?

When parents in Kentucky decide that divorcing is the right thing to do, you still have to deal with matters regarding child custody, support, and how to make the transition as smooth as possible for your child. Lonneman & McMahan, PLLC, can aid you in this difficult period of your life.

Understanding your child custody options

When you and your spouse divorce in Kentucky, one of your primary concerns is determining who will have custody of your children. There are several different kinds of custody arrangements. We at Lonneman and McMahan, PLLC, know it is important for you to understand these arrangements so you can identify a situation that will be best for your family.

How should a divorced couple handle child custody?

Parents in Kentucky who decide to get a divorce will also have to worry about matters of child custody. We at Lonneman & McMahan PLLC strive to help you understand how this particularly difficult and potentially stressful part of a divorce can go. We also offer guidance regarding what you can do to ensure that all parties can come to an amenable agreement.

Studies show joint custody is best for children

Families across Kentucky navigate child custody arrangements whenever parents decide to divorce, and determining the best plan for a family is not simple. New studies encourage parents to work towards a joint custody arrangement whenever possible, saying that splitting time between both parents is what is best for the children.

What are the guidelines for relocating with kids post-divorce?

As a parent in Kentucky who has split from your ex-spouse, you may have new and bigger plans for your future. You may want to move closer to family or to search for new job opportunities. Unfortunately, if you're the primary custody holder of your child, you have a lot to take into consideration before planning a move.

Custodial vs. non-custodial parent

Understanding legal jargon can be difficult, but many of the terms used in divorce can be especially confusing. Some phrases in Kentucky that are not well-known are custodial and non-custodial, but it is important for you to be familiar with what these words mean as you pursue your divorce and determine responsibility for your children. We at Lonneman and McMahan can represent you in court and explain any terms that may be unclear.

3 tips to consider if your ex is not paying child support

In the state of Kentucky, as well as all states in the U.S., parents have a legal obligation to support their children even if they get a divorce. Unfortunately, some parents might try to skip out on child support payments. If you are dealing with a deadbeat parent, you likely feel frustrated and are wondering what to do. Thankfully, there are ways for you to manage this situation financially and enforce payment if necessary.

New law creates equal parenting time

Parents across Kentucky should take note of a new law that will go into effect July 1 and will make joint custody the presumed solution for a couple going through a divorce. According to the Daily Independent, Gov. Matt Bevin signed House Bill 492 into law after both chambers voted unanimously for its passage. When a couple files for divorce, if each parent files a request for their portion of parenting time, the court will presume temporary equal time is the norm unless this could increase the likelihood or neglect or abuse of the children involved.

What type of child custody is best for the child?

Kentucky parents have likely asked themselves what will benefit their child the most plenty of times throughout the divorce. This question becomes particularly poignant when it comes to child custody, as the living arrangements decided there will impact a child for the rest of their life.