July 17, 2018

New Kentucky Joint Custody Law Puts Children First

Kentucky became the first nation in the U.S. to make joint custody the “legal presumption” in divorce proceedings, according to the Courier Journal.

The law is a historic step away from traditional divorce cases where the judge can play the key decision maker on which parent gets to be the primary custodian, relegating the other to a disproportionately less amount of parenting time.

With the change, both parents start on equal footing for shared custody. Then, the judge determines whether or not each qualifies for joint custody based on 11 factors, one being if one of the parties has filed a domestic violence complaint against the other in the last three years.

If domestic violence isn’t a factor in the case and there are no other glaring red flags, the judge must grant equal custody to the parents.

“Joint custody and equally shared parenting time is in the best interest of the child,” the law said.

Read the full story here.

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