Dads play an important role in the lives of their children, but getting custody after divorce is not always easy. Even as more and more child custody arrangements move toward shared custody, dads still only end up with about 35% of parenting time. But this does not mean that Kentucky fathers just have to accept less time with their children. Instead, they can take concrete steps toward securing a custody modification.
If a father believes that joint or even full custody is in his child’s best interests, he should be prepared to demonstrate that parenting is a priority. This is especially important if he is not living with his child full time. Helpful ways to show that he is dedicated to his child and the role of father include:
- Regularly calling, texting or video chatting
- Maintaining contact with teachers
- Attending important events
- Making one’s self openly available for support
Staying up to date with child support payments is also important if a dad is interested in getting more custody. A Kentucky judge may not look kindly upon a father who is seeking more parenting time, but who has yet to meet his court ordered financial obligations. It might also be a good idea to help cover other costs as they arise, such as new extracurricular activities, school uniforms or other irregular expenses.
Modifying a child custody agreement involves petitioning the court and asking for a change. While this might seem straightforward, a father must be prepared to demonstrate why spending more time with him is in his child’s best interests. For some dads, it may be advantageous to speak with a knowledgeable attorney before moving forward with this process.