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In the state of Kentucky, can moving out of state cause a parent to be deemed “unfit” and cost them custody?

Posted in Working Mothers on 26th April 2014

In the state of Kentucky, can moving out of state cause a parent to be deemed “unfit” and cost them custody?
Of course, I’m asking for informal advice here but any information or links to the specific laws would be helpful. Also, don’t tell me to go ask a lawyer because the circumstances make that approach impractical.

Someone I know is 15. Let’s call her Jane (obviously not the real name). Jane lives in Kentucky with her mom, who is divorced from an abusive father who raped her at a young age and got away scot-free because he’s friends with the local law enforcement. Jane never wants to see her father again and is unhappy with where she lives. She and her mom are considering moving out-of-state to any northern state on the eastern seaboard, depending on her mother’s capability to find employment in any given area.

Jane’s only concern is the perceived threat of her father’s capability to take the case to court in an attempt to have her mother found “unfit” based on the move. He has made several attempts to do so before on different accusations, unsuccessfully.

If Jane is close to age 16 (when her opinion carries more weight to the legal system) and fully endorses moving, as does her mother, can her father really find any grounds to prevent it and even gain custody of her? Why or why not?
@going_for_baroque: I much appreciate that very helpful response! I don’t have answers to some of the info you said I didn’t include because I’m asking for a friend who shared this issue with me.

Best answer(s):

Answer by candycane
Your best thing to do is to speak with an attorney. Sometimes they can advise you at no cost.

Answer by going_for_baroque
You type long, complex sentences, but you don’t provide enough relevant info. Is there an existing court order for child support and custody? If there is any court order, the gal’s mom will need to file a motion so she can take the child out of the jurisdiction. Normally, this isn’t too much of a problem, but is a legal base everyone has to touch.

I’d guess that merely moving out of state doesn’t render the mother “unfit.” And even if a lawyer is impractical, an attorney is essential in getting some success in family court.

The gal is at an age where a family court will listen to her. Hard to give much credence to allegations of rape- if the father got charged and was acquitted, that’s all that anyone can go by. Rape doesn’t seem to be an issue, just a lever to extract sympathy. The real issue is moving out of the jurisdiction under the current court order. Without knowing more, that doesn’t seem impossible, but will require an attorney’s help in filing a motion.

OTOH, if there is no court order, then the mother can take her daughter anywhere without worry. It’ll be up to the father to dispute the movement.

Previous attempts to find the mother “unfit” will work in her favor. A good attorney could have made the father pay court costs, but that’s not really what the issue is here.

If there’s an existing custody order (every other weekend; supervised visitation) then the family court may want to be sure that allowing the child to move away will be beneficial for the child. You can come up with reasons why this should seem apparent to everyone, but the bottom line is that your rhetoric has to fall on family court ears, which have heard most stories already. … good luck!!

Child Care Cost in Raleigh/Wake County

Posted in Child Care on 23rd January 2012

Child Care Cost in Raleigh/Wake County

Article by Larry

Child care cost are an important factor in deciding what neighborhood many parents will move into. In Raleigh North Carolina, many child care facilities offer great prices but what about the service? Raleigh Child Care is in many ways a tale of the haves and have nots.

Parents are often shocked that in Raleigh certain child cares and preschools charge nearly $ 1200 a month for full time care. $ 1200 you say? What kind of Return On Investment do you get for $ 1200 a month? Are your kids guaranteed acceptance into the most rigorous elementary programs? I can not say for sure, but I do know that without that expense I could pay for two luxury cars.

Also comes the star rating system. The first person to explain that to me will receive my undying gratitude. You would think that on a 5 star basis, sending your child to a 2 star would be only for the crazy. But as explained to me by the state, stars are awarded for various areas and does not necessarily show that one school is better than another. This gets even more confusing when not all schools use the rating system.

One star means that a child care facility meets North Carolina’s minimum standards. Two to five stars means that an operator has chosen to apply for more stars. In order to be awarded two to five stars, an operator agrees to have the program evaluated using a rating scale that measures quality. Stars are awarded based on a child care facility’s score in two areas: Staff Education and Program Standards.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports child care costs in Wake County as follows (as of 2007):

Lowest Average: $ 446 | Highest Average: $ 894.

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Low Cost Child Care

Posted in Child Care on 23rd November 2010

Low Cost Child Care

Are You looking for Low Cost Child care?

In these tough times, struggling families and single moms need all the help they can get. One of the biggest expenses facing families these days is the high cost of child care. In today’s economy, there is probably no greater expense facing struggling families and single moms, than the high  cost of child care. So is their help out there for you? In this article, we will see what low cost child care options might be available to you. Save HUNDREDS of Dollars Every Month! Child care can cost a family hundreds of dollars every month. If you could save those dollars, what would that mean to you? Your family? The things that money could provide for your family?  It is our hope that we can help you consider options that you may not have thought about–that we might help lessen your financial burden. Help IS Available! There are ways you can save on child care. Many resourceful families find and use many methods to cut down on the cost of child care. You need to discover and implement those methods they use to achieve low cost child care. If they do it, why not you?  You may find low cost help in the form of a trusted family member, or through your church, university, or local community college..  There are options available to you, you just need to know where to look. Where to Get Information In this world, information is king. Searching for information on low cost childcare should provide you with an abundance of free information on finding child care and ideas to keep the cost of child care low. There is help out there for those looking for low cost child care. Google the information and see what’s available. You’ll be amazed to find that you may be able to immediately save HUNDREDS of dollars every month (THOUSANDS per year) on the cost of child care. 

Are You looking for Low Cost Child care?

In these tough times, struggling families and single moms need all the help they can get. One of the biggest expenses facing families these days is the high cost of child care.

In today’s economy, there is probably no greater expense facing struggling families and single moms, than the high  cost of child care. So is their help out there for you? In this article, we will see what low cost child care options might be available to you.

 

Save HUNDREDS of Dollars Every Month!

Child care can cost a family hundreds of dollars every month. If you could save those dollars, what would that mean to you? Your family? The things that money could provide for your family?  It is our hope that we can help you consider options that you may not have thought about–that we might help lessen your financial burden.

 

Help IS Available!

There are ways you can save on child care. Many resourceful families find and use many methods to cut down on the cost of child care. You need to discover and implement those methods they use to achieve low cost