If you want sole custody of your kids, it’s time to learn more about this arrangement and what it will mean to all parties involved.
As a loving parent, you have one thing on your mind: Ensuring that your children receive the proper care and attention now and into the future. If you have reason to believe that sole custody is the best way for this to happen, it’s important to better understand the legal definition of sole custody and the evidence necessary to convince a court to grant it.
Sole custody is when one parent receives both legal and physical custody of the children. Although this is not as common as joint custody, there are situations in which the judge feels that it’s best for the children. An example of this would be a wife receiving sole custody due to the husband's history of child abuse.
Now that you understand the basic arrangement of sole custody, there are many details that still need to be worked out.
If you receive sole custody, the other parent may still be entitled to visitation. This is another detail to address during the divorce process.
With sole custody, you aren’t required by the court to consult with the other parent when making parenting decisions. Instead, you have the full responsibility of making decisions, such as those pertaining to your children's education.
After divorce, you may be looking for a fresh start. If this means relocating, you’ll first have to get the permission of the court. Sole custody doesn’t necessarily mean you can do whatever you want, as relocating far away will make it difficult for the other parent to remain a part of his or her child’s life.
As you move through the divorce process with an eye toward sole custody, you’ll want to work with a family law attorney who can help you present a compelling legal case:
- What is the best way to fight for sole custody?
- Will child support come into play?
- Who is in charge of making visitation arrangements?
- Can sole custody turn into joint custody at some point in the future?
If you have reason to believe that you should have sole custody of your kids, there’s no time to waste. The second you realize that you’re moving forward with divorce is the second you should begin to formulate your strategy.