Children are often confused and hurt by divorce, uncertain what role they'll play in their parents' lives once two households are in place. Identifying custody and visitation agreements that honor the best interests of children and parents requires an understanding of the unique, particular situation of those involved. Louis P. Winner strives to find a working solution to a visitation or custody issue that works for you and your child.
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In Kentucky the court will typically award either joint or sole physical custody. The children's custodial parents are in charge of making the major decisions in a child's life, including education, religious practices, and health care.
In a joint custody situation, the courts will often designate one parent as the "primary residential" parent. This is the parent whom the child or children live with the majority the amount of time. Recent Kentucky case law has given additional meaning and power to the primary residential parent.
The court will also consider any other important factors in making its ultimate decision.
A parent will be deemed unfit in Kentucky if the parent cannot or will not provide the proper care and support that the child needs. Factors such as abuse, domestic violence, neglect, substance abuse, mental illness, etc. will also make a parent unfit for custody. Additional factors involved in deciding whether a parent can provide proper care include:
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Louis P. Winner represent clients in the following kinds of child custody matters:
Every family is different - that's why we work closely with healthcare professionals and social workers if necessary to evaluate the emotional and psychological impact of a living arrangement on a child. In many contested cases, the court's will order all parties to undergo psychological evaluations in order to determine the appropriate custody situation.
Additionally, while we are prepared to go to court and aggressively represent our client's interests, we encourage mediation as the most effective way of reaching an agreement acceptable to everyone involved. During mediation, family members provide input into the terms of their custody agreement, and we have the unique ability to draft a visitation or custody arrangement that would be impossible to accomplish through the court system. Doing so avoids leaving matters to a third party, such as a judge, who may impose terms and conditions less favorable to all.