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My child’s other parent is being deployed and we want to make an agreement for temporary custody. What should the agreement include?

If both parents agree on temporary custody, Kentucky law allows them to enter into a temporary custody agreement. It must be written down and signed by both parents and any other person who is going to have responsibility for the child during the deployment, such as a grandparent.1 Think carefully about the details of your agreement, and make sure that everything you want to have happen with your child is included. Should the court ever need to get involved, the judge will likely only consider the written document and not any agreements you and the other parent may have made verbally.

Ideally, your agreement should contain the following information:

  1. If you can, explain where the military parent will be deploying, how long s/he will be gone, and what the conditions of his/her deployment are;
  2. Explain who will be taking care of the child, whether that is the deploying parent, the other parent, or any other person;
  3. Explain who will have the right to make decisions about the child while the agreement is in effect. This could mean the parent remaining at home makes some types of decisions while the military parent must be consulted for other types of decisions. If a nonparent is going to be helping care for the child, such as a grandparent or a trusted friend, state what the limits of his/her authority will be;
  4. If you are agreeing to any kind of limited contact for a nonparent, explain clearly what you are intending to allow;
  5. If the child is going to be living both with a parent and a nonparent, explain how you intend to solve any disagreements that may come up;
  6. Explain the contact the deploying parent will have with the child. You must include how often, how long, and what form  the contact will take, for example, Zoom, phone calls, texts, emails, etc. If the parent at home needs to do something to make that contact happen, state exactly what the parent at home needs to do and who will pay for any costs that are associated with the contact;
  7. Explain what contact the deploying parent will have with the child while that parent is on leave or is otherwise available;
  8. State that both parents are aware that this agreement cannot modify any child support payments that have already been ordered, and that if the child support needs to be changed during the deployment, the parties must contact the court that issued the child support order;
  9. State that the temporary agreement will end after the deploying parent returns from the deployment; and
  10. If the agreement must be filed with the court, state which parent will be responsible for filing it.2

It’s important to include as many of these things in your agreement as you can, but your agreement won’t be invalid just because you leave a few things out.3 However, you often can avoid a lot of problems down the road if you can make your agreement as complete as possible.

1 KRS § 403A.201(1), (2)
2 KRS § 403A.201(3)
3 KRS § 403A.201(4)