When parents of a child are unmarried, it is common for them to run into a few legal obstacles if they choose to separate. Fathers usually are the ones who face the most challenges, since they are not considered the legal father of their child under Kentucky law if they were not married to the child's mother at the time of the birth.
Deciding to divorce can be a frightening and daunting decision. After all, not many people want to think about ending their marriage—especially if they are pregnant.
Continuing to parent with an ex-spouse after divorce is by no means easy. Being a parent is challenging enough and navigating parenting after a divorce can create even more complications.
When someone realizes that their marriage isn't working, their first question is often: What should I do now?
Finally speaking the words "I want a divorce," can be frightening, but also a huge relief for many people. Discussing the prospect of a divorce can be emotionally overwhelming for both spouses.
Who takes care of children when their biological parents cannot? Usually, extended family members step up to care for children. And in some cases—especially cases involving substance abuse in the family—that person might become the full-time caregiver of that child.
In the last post, we discussed why divorce is so stressful for so many people. And while stress may always accompany significant life changes—like divorce—that does not mean that people have to suffer the consequences of it.
Experts and couples alike often say that divorce is one of the most stressful events anyone could experience. And they are not wrong. The Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory ranks divorce and separation just below the stress of losing a loved one—which is at the top of the list.
Divorce is difficult, and one of the most difficult portions of the process is the hearing. Even if the negotiations between spouses go swimmingly, a hearing before the court is necessary and the couple’s faults and failures are laid bare.
Last spring. Gov. Matt Bevin signed a law that made Kentucky one of the first states to require each divorce hearing to start with the presumption of 50-50 co-parenting.