Are fathers entitled to parenting time with a newborn?

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Kentucky’s custody and parenting time statue does not favor a mother over a father. Instead, Kentucky courts apply a best interest standard to determine a parenting time schedule that is in the best interest of the child. There is a rebuttable presumption that equal parenting time is in the child’s best interest.

While a father’s legal rights with a newborn are the same as with an older child, it is important to consider the unique circumstances of caring for a newborn when determining what parenting time schedule is in the newborn’s best interest. When developing a parenting schedule for a newborn, parents should consider the baby’s feeding schedule, sleeping patterns, and the ability of both parents to communicate effectively. Research has shown that newborns benefit most from more frequent, consistent, short interactions with both parents.

Each family presents unique facts and circumstances. It is important to consult with an experienced family law attorney to develop a schedule that works best for your child.

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