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The benefits of shared child custody

Residents of Kentucky involved in a divorce, paternity action or other ongoing child custody issue should be aware of the trend toward shared parenting time. In the past, it was common for a court to award custody to one parent, usually the mother, subject to the right of parenting time with the other parent. Usually the visitation ordered is one or two nights per week.

Using a divorce attorney instead of mediation

Mediation is one of the options Kentucky couples who marriages are coming to an end have to achieve resolutions to their various legal issues. However, there are situations in which individuals who are going through a divorce should rely on an attorney who has litigation experience instead of using mediation.

Women earn less making divorce more difficult

For Kentucky women, getting a divorce can have a major impact on their finances and retirement. In fact, the divorce may actually hit women harder than men due to the fact that women statistically get paid less than men and are often put in charge of caring for the children when they are still married.

Health insurance deductible concerns in divorce

One of the benefits commonly provided by employers could cause serious consequences for some marriages on the brink of divorce. Health care has always played a role in negotiations over custody, spousal support and property division, but the passage of the Affordable Care Act offered those with pre-existing conditions some amount of security. This law may soon be overturned and the prohibition against higher premiums for pre-existing conditions lifted. Some Kentucky couples have responded by showing more reluctance in untying the knot.

Using dispute resolution processes for child support decisions

Informal negotiation and alternative dispute resolution processes may be ways that Kentucky parents who are getting a divorce can work out child support without going to court. The parents may make an agreement on their own, or they may work with their respective attorneys to reach an accord. This agreement should then be put into writing and submitted to a judge.

Helping children cope when their parents are divorcing

The divorce process is often extremely difficult on former couples, especially if they have children. However, the children can also be affected, especially if the changes in their family are sudden and their parents do not explain why these changes are occurring. To help children get through the divorce, there are some tips that can help Kentucky parents to keep the situation calm and amicable.

Arguments over Trump leading to an increase in divorces

In the current political environment, it may not be too surprising that arguments over Donald Trump are leading to an uptick in the number of divorces that are being filed. A survey demonstrated the impact that political differences have had on relationships in Kentucky and around the country since the 2016 presidential election.

Gray divorce emphasizes financial matters in family law

While age still does appear to confer a measure of security for marriages in Kentucky, there is an upward trend of divorces during the senior years. So-called gray divorces are less likely to result in the family legal issues common among younger marriages, such as custody and visitation, but these splits often have serious consequences on finances. Gray divorces show a stronger statistical correlation to marriage history and retirement security than any other factor, according to studies.

Custody mistakes for parents to avoid

For Kentucky estranged parents, a divorce and associated child custody hearings can be emotional events. However, it is important for a parent to avoid making unforced errors such as talking about the case to a friend or otherwise being transparent about his or her legal strategy. Ideally, the only person parents will talk to during a child custody case is their lawyer.

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