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It’s important to understand the details of sole custody

Are you going through a divorce? Do you have a child (or children) with your ex-spouse? This will lead to a variety of challenges, such as the need to address questions pertaining to child custody and support.

Although joint custody is most common, as this is typically in the best interest of the child, you may have reason to believe that sole custody makes the most sense for your particular situation.

Sole custody is when a parent receives exclusive legal and physical custody of a child. This doesn't come about often, but is often necessary in the event that one parent has a history of child abuse, domestic violence, drug abuse, alcoholism, or anything else that could put the child in danger.

The benefits of sole custody

The primary benefit of sole custody is simple to understand: As the parent with sole custody, you are not required to consult with the other parent when making important decisions that could impact your child's life.

For example, you have the right to make all decisions associated with education, religion, and health care.

Another benefit of sole custody is the ability to protect your child against a parent who may not have the best intentions.

Visitation rights

Even if you receive sole custody of your child, the other parent may have visitation rights. This is something you need to understand, as it could alter the decisions you make in the future.

For instance, if you want to relocate to another state, you will first need the permission of the court. This could jeopardize the other parent's ability to see the child, which is why the court will have to sign off on your move.

Whether or not you fight for sole custody depends largely on your personal situation. If both parents have a good relationship with the child, if both parents are responsible and interested in raising the child in the future, joint custody is typically best.

Conversely, if you have reason to believe that you should have sole custody, learn more about your legal rights. With the help of an experienced family law attorney, you can put yourself in position to prove that sole custody is what's in the best interest of the child.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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