Protecting Your Relationship With Your Children
Raising children after a divorce can be complex. If you and your soon-to-be ex disagree on issues such as how you will share parenting time and decision-making, how you resolve those differences now can affect you and your children for the rest of your lives.
Most child custody issues are a matter of negotiation. At the law firm of Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC, our lawyers will work with you to fashion a functional parenting plan that allows you to maintain a close and loving relationship with your children. From our law office in Louisville, we represent fathers and mothers in northern Kentucky and southern Indiana.
It’s important to keep conflict to a minimum, as you and your ex will need to co-parent your children in the future. Here are some issues to keep in mind when resolving child custody and support issues:
- Drawing children into the conflict of divorce can affect your children’s relationships with you and with their partners when they grow up.
- Kentucky and Indiana courts favor involvement of both parents in raising children unless there are strong reasons (such as abuse) why one parent should have limited contact.
- Children usually have one home base, but 50-50 child custody plans are possible.
- Child support is calculated using a formula that considers your incomes and your time-sharing plan.
- Child custody and the amount of child support can be changed after divorce if there is a significant change in circumstances.
- A parent with primary custody cannot move more than 50 miles away without permission from the other parent or the court.
A parenting plan should give both parents the ability to live their lives, while maintaining good communications with the other parent concerning the children. The key to resolving disputes is being respectful toward the other side and negotiating an outcome that meets the needs of both sides and the children.