New Joint Custody, Equal Time-sharing Law Becoming Effective
On July 1, 2018, the default for separating families will be joint custody and equal parenting time or time-sharing in Kentucky. Kentucky lawmakers unanimously approved the new law. The default in Kentucky now, is that both parents have an equal say in legal, educational and medical decisions for their child(ren). And that each parent should spend as close to 50/50, equal time-sharing with the child(ren) as possible. The presumption can be overcome is the situation is such that joint custody and equal time-sharing would not serve the best interest of the child(ren). Continue reading
Child Tax Exemptions For Divorced Families In Kentucky
An issue that most don’t consider as part of a divorce is child tax exemption. That is until April comes around. Divorces addresses child custody, time-sharing, and child support. But what about who gets the right to claim a child as a dependent for tax purposes?
That issue has been addressed by the Kentucky Supreme Court in the case of Adams-Smyrichinsky v. Smyrichinsky. The Kentucky Supreme Court addressed the authority of Kentucky trial courts to award tax exemptions. Continue reading
What Is Visitation In Kentucky?
Visitation or time-sharing refers to the time a parent spends with the child. Generally all parents are entitled to reasonable time with their kids. This is because all parents have a constitutional right to care for and control their children.
Usually a judge defines what amount of time-sharing is reasonable by setting out a schedule, which rotates the child back and forth between the parents. This schedule will generally take into account how far apart the parents live and the child’s school schedule as well as other factors. Some parties decide to come up with their own arrangements, which they present to the court as a “parenting plan.” Continue reading