Child Custody and Visitation Can Be Customized

Child Custody and Visitation Can Be Customized

Child custody and visitation can be customized during a divorce in Shepherdsville, Mount Washington, Shelbyville, Taylorsville, Radcliff, Elizabethtown, Jeffersontown or Louisville, Kentucky. Legal and physical child custody are part of the parenting plan when a local divorce case involves issues of child custody.  

My name is John Schmidt and I have protected the rights of parents for more than 25 years in divorce, child custody and visitation, and post-decree modification cases. Our Courts believe it is in a child’s best interest to spend fairly equal quality time with each parent, and many conversations, negotiations and mediations start at a roughly 50% – 50% split between the parents.  There are many issues to consider as one considers the existing rhythms in each child’s life, such as where the child(ren) may go to school in relation to each parent’s residence after the divorce is completed.

Many Louisville area former spouses are under the false presumption that infidelity by a former partner will have an impact upon child custody and visitation. In most cases, our court is not interested in private issues between former spouses that have led to the decision to divorce. Your child custody and visitation can be customized to each child’s unique situation.  The parties should work to develop a plan with roughly equal time for both parents, unless there are factual and legally established threats to the child(ren) such as:

Is your former spouse attempting to assert untrue allegations about your behavior as a parent or your qualifications for child custody? These should never be simply dismissed – especially if a former spouse has taken action to seek a temporary restraining order. Your parenting rights and visitation with each child are incredibly important issues.

This is especially true if you believe you have been wrongly served with a TRO or Temporary Restraining Order during the process of a divorce. If you receive a TRO make sure that you:

  • Follow the instructions of the Judge and any orders to the letter. “No contact” literally means do not contact the other person in any manner whatsoever. This includes responding to texts, emails or phone calls. It also requires you not to try to reach out through a family member or friend. If the person who seeks a TRO attempts to contact you cannot respond. 
  • Prepare a strong defense and attend the scheduled hearing 

We protect those who are exposed to domestic violence.  We represent and protect those who are falsely accused of DV in an attempt by another party to gain an advantage during child custody or divorce proceedings.

Are you concerned about time with your children during and after a divorce?  You can take steps to improve your standing as a parent in each child’s life.  Participate in as much of their life as you can including packing a lunch, transportation to and from school, supporting and attending extracurricular activities and even parent-teacher conferences.

There are many “proven” patterns for sharing time with the children, however, your child custody and visitation can be customized in terms of how time is shared on literally a daily basis.  Ask the experienced child custody and visitation attorneys at The Law Offices of John Schmidt & Associates, PLLC for insight and advice to help you to find the right combinations that create the best parenting plan for your unique circumstances.

We invite you to contact us via e-mail, schedule an appointment or call us today at (502) 509-1490 to get answers to your questions and to learn more about your unique circumstances and how to protect what is most important to you in your child custody and visitation or family law case.