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How joint custody can help parents and children

Parents in Kentucky who are getting a divorce might wonder whether joint custody is the right choice for them and their children. They may have misconceptions about this type of custody that is not backed up by research. Studies actually indicate that the best arrangement for children after divorce is joint custody as long as there are not issues with abuse.

Tax law changes to significantly affect spousal support

Financial matters are often some of the most difficult issues for Kentucky couples to sort out while finalizing a divorce. Alimony payments are often a particularly contentious topic that may lead to lengthy negotiations or extensive court filings. However, the recent adoption of the new federal tax bill in December 2017 has major implications for taxation of spousal support payments.

Key tips to remember during settlement negotiations

The end of a marriage can be a difficult time for couples in Kentucky. Not only do spouses have to deal with the emotional fallout, but the practical logistics of divorce can also present many challenges. Negotiating with a former partner about the divorce settlement can be challenging and complex. However, an arrangement will be necessary for both parties to settle and move on.

Divorces could start early in 2018

For many people living in Kentucky, January is a time of new beginnings. In some cases, this means making the decision to leave a marriage that is no longer working. While divorce is never easy, there are some things that spouses can do to make the process less painful and financially devastating.

Handling financial issues in a divorce

The divorce rate for those over the age of 50 has doubled since the 1990s. If a Kentucky resident does get divorced later in life, it could impact that person's ability to save for retirement. The financial shock may be compounded by the emotional stress that the end of a marriage may bring. However, there are steps an individual may take to increase his or her financial security in a divorce.

Divorce and children

A divorce can be a physical and emotional ordeal for children. Parents in Kentucky who are eager to get a divorce but may be hesitant to do so because of their children may want to consider some important issues before making a decision.

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.

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