Child Custody And Visitation In Kentucky

Often, determining the custody arrangement is the most emotionally challenging aspect of a divorce. In most cases, both parents want to maintain a relationship with their child that includes as much time together as possible.

Kentucky custody laws are designed to protect the best interests of the child. Our experienced family law attorney at The Grinnell Firm, PSC, is skilled at litigating all aspects of custody cases, including establishment of physical custody, visitation, decision-making, modifications, emergency issues and more. We represent clients in Lexington and Florence, Kentucky.

Coming To Collaborative Agreements To Prevent The Stresses Court Can Cause

We make every effort to work with both parents to reach a custody agreement without going to trial. If they are able to accomplish that, parents maintain control over what the child's post-divorce life will be like rather than putting these decisions in the hands of a family court judge who does not know the child.

It's important to be as specific as possible in drafting the rules that are part of a custody agreement. We know the details that often get overlooked in these agreements, and we can make sure they are included in your documents.

Unfortunately, custody and visitation are often contested issues that lead to a hearing. In these situations, we prepare meticulously to present the strongest case possible for your position. In addition to our trial-tested experience, attorney Eric S. Grinnell fought hard in his own divorce and gained full custody of his son.

What Factors Affect Child Custody In Kentucky?

During child custody proceedings, the court will consider the following factors to determine what arrangement is in the best interests of the child:

  • The child's age, gender, and mental and physical health
  • Each parent's mental and physical health
  • Each parent's lifestyle
  • Any history of child abuse
  • The relationship between the child and each parent
  • Each parent's ability to provide daily care
  • Each parent's ability to accommodate the child's educational needs
  • The child's preference (generally considered if the child is of mature thought)
  • The willingness of each parent to facilitate communication and contact between the child and the other parent

Contact The Grinnell Firm, PSC ∙ 859-DIV-ORCE (348-6723)

Whether you expect the custody discussion between you and your child's other parent to be cooperative or combative, it is critical to have an experienced family law attorney protect your interests. We can answer your questions regarding custody or any other divorce matter during a free consultation. Call 859-DIV-ORCE (859-348-6723) or email us to schedule an appointment.

Do you have more questions about custody? Learn more at our FAQ page.