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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.

How can kids better cope with divorce?

There are books and websites that give plenty of advice to parents and adults on how to cope with divorce. Parents typically put their children first and try to do everything they can to help them get through the divorce. It’s not an easy process but it is very doable with a little support.

Do you need to modify your child custody or visitation plan?

One element of a divorce many people may not fully anticipate is the fact that while you may divorce your spouse if you had children and those children are still relatively young, you may wind up dealing with your child's other parent for another five, ten or nearly 20 years.

What will your parenting plan look like?

If you are obtaining a divorce in Kentucky and have a child, one of the most important aspects of that process will be your parenting plan. Kentucky, like most states, encourages the parents in a divorce to develop their own parenting plan. This plan will be the guide for much of your future and that of your child.