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In June, Kentucky will become the first state to require a presumption of equally shared parenting in child-custody cases even when one or more parents is opposed. While it’s common for states to prefer joint custody when both parents are amenable, Kentucky’s presumption will apply even without divorcing parents on board. This is a major breakthrough in developing a parenting plan that is often difficult and expensive to come by in family law Courts in California and across the United  States.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed the measure in April, declaring that judges must presume “that joint custody and equally shared parenting time is in the best interest of the child” in almost all divorce cases. Last year, Kentucky required the same presumption for temporary child-custody cases while divorce is pending. Again, for a state to implement such a broad and powerful message to family law courts across America and Kentucky is quite outstanding.  Custody is often so tumultuous to fight in court that to add a presumption of 50/50 without any fighting in court is really setting a different type of  family law custody standard now.

Exceptions exist for situations “involving an incident of domestic violence within the preceding three years” or where “there has been a domestic violence order entered” or being entered. Obviously when there is violence the joint  custody presumption must be sidelined in order to keep the child safe from any potential violence or abuse.

Blac Chyna is rebutting suggestions she’s under investigation by child welfare officials. The department of child protective services is the county and state agency that investigates juvenile dependency matters in the County of Los Angeles. Using drugs does not automatically place a person under suspicion by the Department, however, what is the issue the Department will take note on is the placement of the children in harms way.  Usually they will investigate if there is a substantial risk of danger to the children of the parents in question.

A lawyer for the beauty entrepreneur denied the existence of an open investigation Tuesday and said she had no knowledge of any filings by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services related to Chyna’s baby with Rob Kardashian.  An investigation by “CPS” or child protective services does not mean their is a filing by the Department of Social Services.  Often the Social Services or Social Workers do an investigation first to see if their is any validity to the claims held against Chyna before the Department suggest a filing in the Juvenile Dependency Court.  Since the filing of a Juvenile dependency action is pseudo criminal in nature it is the County Counsel that will file any charges against Blac Chyna.

“Chyna is a loving, devoted mother who simply wants to peacefully co-parent her healthy, happy baby Dream with Rob,” Chyna’s lawyer Lisa Bloom said in a statement.