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Who makes major decisions when parents share custody?

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2023 | Divorce | 0 comments

Married parents who divorce and unmarried parents who separate from each other typically have to find a way to share custody of their children. Either they will negotiate an arrangement on their own or turn to the Kentucky family courts to divide their parental rights and responsibilities.

One of the most important issues to determine is how the parents share time with their children. Parents often want to see their children as much as possible, and courts typically prefer a schedule that balances both parental relationships appropriately.

Decision-making authority or legal custody is also very important. Who generally gets to make decisions about the lives of the children when parents share custody in Kentucky?

Parents usually share responsibility

When the Kentucky courts must divide parenting time and decision-making authority, they usually try to give both parents a say in the major decisions about the child’s life. Shared legal custody is the standard in many cases.

Parents may need to reach an agreement about major decisions or may have to go back to court to have a judge review the situation and determine what is in the best interests of the children. For many parents, especially those concerned about the health of their children or with specific religious values, it may be almost important to understand and assert legal custody rights so that they have a say in their children’s upbringing.

Becoming more familiar with the rules that apply in joint custody situations may help Kentucky parents better make use of their rights in a shared custody scenario. Having experienced legal guidance can help.