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Protecting A Child’s Best Interests In Custody Disputes

In a custody dispute, the most important person of all is the child. You want what is best for them, yet you also want the custody arrangement that grants you as much time as possible with them. This complex legal issue is not something you should face alone. Instead, work with a lawyer who cares about your family and can help you.

With law offices in Russell, Hensley Law Office, PSC, provides strong, yet compassionate, representation to parents and family members in Greenup and Lawrence counties and throughout Northeast Kentucky. Whether you need to establish paternity, create a parenting schedule following a separation or divorce, or modify a court judgment, we can assist you.

How Does Kentucky Determine Custody?

The court has several important factors that it considers in every case, including:

  • The wishes of each parent
  • The relationship of the child with each parent
  • The child’s wishes, depending on the child’s maturity
  • A parent’s history of substance abuse or mental illness
  • A parent’s history of domestic abuse

Your case is unique. Hensley Law Office, PSC, can help the judge understand your family’s circumstances. We will strive for the decision you feel is best for you and your child.

The New Law About Joint Custody: What To Know

In 2018, Kentucky became the first state in the country to pass a law mandating courts to default to joint custody in every custody case. This means that judges will issue joint custody more often, unless there is a history of domestic violence, substance abuse or other factors that could endanger the child.

This is good news for parents who wish to share custody of their children. However, if you feel that your partner is not suitable for joint custody, you and your attorney will have a greater burden of proof to receive primary or sole custody.

Speak With A Lawyer About Custody And Visitation

If you live in Russell or the surrounding area, including Lewis or Boyd counties, you can contact our firm to protect your parental rights and the best interests of your child. To schedule your initial consultation on custody and visitation, call us at 606-393-6407 or send us an email. We are ready to advocate for you and your child.