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Negotiating child custody conflicts may avoid trip to court

Because children tend to be the most important aspects of Kentucky parents' lives, these parents often find themselves willing to make substantial sacrifices to make sure their children lead good lives. In some cases, parents may need to make a personal sacrifice by continuing to interact with each other after divorce due to child custody arrangements. Though joint custody can often help children have strong relationships with both parents, this arrangement is not always free of conflict.

In fact, many conflicts could arise between parents that could even lead one or the other to consider seeking custody modifications. In order to convince the court to take such action, the issues between parents must be substantial. If one parent abuses the children or completely ignores the terms of the custody arrangement, seeking a change may be worth the effort.

On the other hand, some issues may be able to be resolved between the parents themselves. For example, having different parenting styles can create conflict, especially if one parent lets the kids do whatever they like whenever they like and the other has stringent rules. Though it may prove frustrating, it may not be worth a court appearance if the children are not in harm's way from either parent. Hopefully, parents could instead have a conversation that allows them to find common ground when it comes to rules.

It is important for parents to know when situations may warrant a review and possible revision of the child custody arrangements. If Kentucky parents believe that their current terms are not beneficial for their kids, they may want to speak with knowledgeable attorneys. Legal professionals can provide information for specific scenarios to help parents determine their best courses of action.

Source:, "5 Common Co-Parenting Conflicts And How To Resolve Them", May 25, 2018

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