There are two types of child custody in Kentucky:

Legal, which refers to the ability to make key decisions for the child, such as where they go to school and what healthcare they receive

Physical, which refers to where the child stays overnight.

Both types can be held by one parent or shared in a joint custody arrangement. In 2018, Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill that makes joint custody a default in Kentucky unless circumstances recommend otherwise, such as domestic violence committed by one parent against the other parent and/or the children.