As of July 1, 2018, KRS 403.270 will be amended, and Kentucky law will officially recognize that parents involved in a custody or divorce case will have the statutory right to petition the Court for equal parenting time for their children. While the practice of joint custody has been an unwritten rule in the state for the past few years by many judges, the revision to the custody statute makes it clear that courts are to default to an equal parenting time schedule for each parent, unless evidence is presented by a party in a proceeding that there are safety issues present in such parenting time arrangement.
The key change to the custody statute reads as follows:
“There shall be a presumption, rebuttable by a preponderance of evidence, that joint custody and equally shared parenting time is in the best interest of the child. If a deviation from equal parenting time is warranted, the court shall construct a parenting time schedule which maximizes the time each parent or de facto custodian has with the child and is consistent with ensuring the child’s welfare.”
A Family Court’s hands will not be bound to the new statutory language if a Court determines after an evidentiary hearing that it is in the “best interest” of the child that a deviation from equal parenting is justified. However, there are new statutory factors that the courts may consider in any such evidentiary hearing on parenting time that focus on the individual petitioning custodian. In determining what is in the best interest of a child in a custody hearing, the court will also hear any evidence on “the influence a parent or de facto custodian may have over the child’s wishes” as to who is their custodian, and “the motivation of the adults in participating in the custody proceedings.”
Kentucky’s custody statute was previously amended to apply equal shared parenting time to temporary custody order last year.
No Ordinary Bad Faith Case By Justin Sanders
No Ordinary Bad Faith Case: The Repercussions of Indiana Insurance Co. v. Demetre on Kentucky Tort Law was written by attorney, Justin Sanders and was published in the November/December 2017 – Volume 45, Number 6 publication of The Advocate presented by the Kentucky Justice Association.
We at Ziegler & Schneider are pleased to announce that attorney Debbie Pleatman completed the two-day Collaborative Law Introductory Interdisciplinary Training presented by the Central Ohio Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals. This training allows Debbie to engage in the collaborative law process with other Collaborative professionals.
The collaborative law process is used primarily in this area for family law matters. In short, the parties enter into an agreement to negotiate in good faith to settle the legal matter without resorting to the court system. The parties provide all relevant information and they engage neutral experts and professionals to assist in resolving issues. It provides an alternate method to resolve issues based on individual and family goals. Debbie is looking forward to engaging in the collaborative process for the benefit of her clients.
Ziegler & Schneider is happy to announce that attorney Michael A. Duncan has recently been appointed and approved as attorney for the City of Walton, Kentucky. Mike also serves as City Attorney for the City of Alexandria (since 1991), Warsaw (since 2001) and Falmouth (since 2015); and was City Attorney for Villa Hills from 2001 to 2013. Mike also serves as General Counsel for the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky and the Campbell County Board of Adjustment, in addition to representation of other public and private clients.
Ziegler & Schneider, P.S.C., is pleased to announce that attorney Shane Sidebottom, has been selected as a 2018 Kentucky Super Lawyer in the area of General Litigation, attorney Daniel Hunt has been selected as a 2018 Kentucky Super Lawyer Rising Star in the area of Personal Injury-Products Defense and attorney Justin Sanders has been selected as a 2018 Kentucky Super Lawyer Rising Star in the area of Civil Litigation. Shane has been selected as a Super Lawyer the previous six years; this is Dan’s second selection as a Rising Star, and Justin’s second selection as a Rising Star as a member of Ziegler & Schneider.
Kentucky Super Lawyers is an independent peer nomination publication that evaluates Lawyers in 12 key categories of skill. Only 5% of all Kentucky Lawyers are listed as a Super Lawyer; only 2.5% of eligible Kentucky lawyers receive a Rising Star evaluation.