In Kentucky, some common terms about custody and parenting plans are used differently than in other states. Custody means “decision making” rather than physical custody.
If you want to have joint custody, then that means that you and the other parent will make decisions together. Sole custody refers to making decisions for your child on your own.
Parenting time and visitation are the terms that refer to the time your child will spend with you or the other parent.
Making decisions about your child’s care
Now that you understand the general terms, it’s time to look at joint custody and how it works.
With joint custody, you and the other parent will need to make decisions about your child’s care together. For example, you may share in the decision-making process for:
- Your child’s education
- Your child’s extracurricular activities
- Medical decisions in emergencies
- Medical care over time
As well as other important decisions about your child’s life and upbringing.
Deciding on parenting time
Along with joint custody, you will need to determine parenting time. This refers to the time you spend with your child and is completely separate from the ability to make decisions about their care.
For some people, joint custody also comes with 50-50 parenting time. For others, one parent takes over custody and makes decisions while the other has visitation time.
Everyone’s situation is different, which is why it’s helpful to discuss the situation with your spouse and attorney.
Collaborating can help you come up with the best solutions for your case
Collaborating together is one good way that you and your ex-spouse can figure out what works best for your situation. No one knows your marriage or child as well as you do.
That’s why collaborating is a great idea for many divorcing couples. You can work together to negotiate reasonable solutions and come up with the custody and parenting plan decisions that are right for you. If you’re concerned about any part of the process, it’s valuable to learn more about the state laws and guidelines as well as options that may help you resolve your case.