What does Custody Mean?
Custody is the determination as to which parent will have the authority to make major decisions concerning the child or children involved.
Types of Custody:
- Joint Custody: Joint decision-making power with one parent being primary and the other having visitation;
- parents share joint decision-making power for the child, usually for major life decisions. For the everyday decisions affecting the child, usually the parent who is in possession of the child makes those decisions, but when a major life decision affects the child, such as surgery, education or religion, parents who are joint custodians must agree on those decisions.
- Shared Custody: Joint decision-making power with equal parenting time
- In shared parenting, children get to see both parents equally.
- Sole Custody: Sole decision maker
- one parent is granted custody of the children and will be the sole decision maker for the children. The parent with sole custody decides where they live, what doctor to see, what school to attend, etc.
As is the case all over the nation, Kentucky uses several factors to determine child custody. The court primarily considers the best interests of the child when making custody decisions, and the state has gone on record that it believes joint custody is in a child’s best interests. A law was passed in April 2017 providing for joint custody as the preferred norm for temporary custody orders, those orders that remain in effect while a divorce is pending until a more permanent custody order can be finalized.
Even if you believe that you’re the only parent who has the best interests of your child in mind, the courts might have a different view. Parents who want to file for child custody in Kentucky should become familiar with the state’s best interest factors.