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Divorcing parents can work together on custody issues

For many Kentucky parents considering divorce, figuring out custody issues is a major concern. Almost any divorce means that each parent will have somewhat less time with their children. For close, involved parents, this can be difficult to contemplate. Handling the complications and changes that come along with co-parenting can also be a rewarding, but difficult journey.

Child custody and the division of parenting time can be an emotionally fraught issue, but it is possible to achieve a positive solution that builds toward a successful co-parenting relationship. Unlike many representations in movies or on television, child custody does not need to be a battle; instead, divorcing spouses can reach a mutual agreement about how to share time with their children.

This approach focuses first on the best interests of the children involved and seeks to avoid involving them in draining and damaging emotional battles. Divorcing spouses could put their personal issues aside to focus on co-parenting their children. In essence, this should be a mutual goal and common interest between the exes. Joint custody and 50/50 parenting time is a good start in most divorces. From that point, parents can work together to find schedules and guidelines that work for the family.

Whether divorcing parents have a positive relationship and can work toward a negotiated agreement or require a longer court process, a family law attorney can provide valuable guidance. The lawyer could advocate for a parent's right to child custody and address related divorce issues such as spousal support and property division.

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