Burchell v. Burchell – Case Brief Summary (Kentucky)

In Burchell v. Burchell, Ky. App., 684 S.W.2d 296 (1984), one of the first cases in which joint custody was discussed to any degree by a Kentucky appellate court, the Court defined joint custody as "an arrangement whereby both parents share the decision making in major areas concerning their child's upbringing, a role traditionally enjoyed by both parents during the marriage, but which is usually reposed solely in one parent following dissolution." Id. at 299.