Child Custody and Relocation Laws in Kentucky

Jun 11, 2020


Welcome to the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr, where our team of experienced lawyers specializes in family law matters, including child custody and relocation laws in Kentucky. We understand the importance of navigating these complex legal issues, and we are here to provide you with the guidance and support you need during these challenging times.

Understanding Child Custody Laws in Kentucky

When it comes to child custody, Kentucky follows the principle of the "best interests of the child." This means that the court will make custody decisions based on what is deemed best for the child's physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Kentucky recognizes two types of custody:

1. Physical Custody

Physical custody refers to where the child primarily resides and spends their time. Kentucky courts may award sole physical custody to one parent or joint physical custody, depending on the circumstances. The court considers factors such as the child's relationship with both parents, each parent's ability to provide a stable environment, and the child's preferences if they are old enough to express them.

2. Legal Custody

Legal custody refers to the right to make important decisions regarding the child's upbringing, such as education, healthcare, and religious affiliation. Kentucky courts generally encourage joint legal custody, as it allows both parents to have a say in important decisions that affect the child's life. However, if one parent is deemed unfit or unable to make these decisions, the court may award sole legal custody to the other parent.

Relocation Laws in Kentucky

Relocation cases can be particularly challenging as they involve one parent wanting to move with the child to a different location, which may significantly impact the other parent's access and involvement in the child's life. In Kentucky, if the relocating parent wishes to move more than 100 miles away from their current residence, they must notify the other parent and obtain either their consent or court approval.

Factors Considered in Relocation Cases

When deciding whether to allow a parent to relocate with the child, the court will consider various factors, including:

  • The reason for the proposed relocation
  • The potential impact on the child's relationship with the non-relocating parent
  • The ability to maintain a meaningful relationship with both parents
  • The child's ties to the current community, school, and social environment
  • The feasibility of a realistic and reasonable visitation schedule for the non-relocating parent

Seeking Legal Assistance

Navigating child custody and relocation laws can be complex and emotionally challenging. It is crucial to have a skilled and knowledgeable family law attorney by your side to guide you through the legal process. At the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr, we have extensive experience in handling child custody and relocation cases in Kentucky.

Our dedicated team of lawyers will work closely with you to understand your unique situation and develop a tailored legal strategy to protect your rights and the best interests of your child. We will advocate for you in negotiations or represent you in court if necessary, striving to achieve a favorable outcome for you and your family.

If you are facing child custody or relocation issues in Kentucky, don't hesitate to contact the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr. We offer compassionate and comprehensive legal services that you can rely on. Schedule a consultation with our team today and take the first step towards resolving your child custody and relocation matters.

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