At some point during the divorce process, probably early on, you’ll begin to learn more about who will have custody of your children in the future.
You’ll come across a variety of phrases, with joint custody and sole custody among the most important.
Sole custody is exactly what it sounds like. This is when one parent has exclusive rights in regards to their children. Not only does this mean the children will live with them, but it also provides the power to make all decisions regarding the child’s well being, such as those associated with education, health care, religion and other key details.
Is sole custody likely?
Generally speaking, sole custody is rare, as the court wants the children to have a relationship with both parents post-divorce.
However, there are situations in which sole custody is granted, such as if the other parent is absent from your children’s lives or they have a history of child abuse, drug abuse, alcohol abuse or domestic violence.
What are the benefits of sole custody?
The primary benefit of sole physical and legal custody is that your children live with you 100 percent of the time and you have full control over all decisions that affect them. You don’t have to consult with the other parent when making any decisions, such as where to send your child to school.
One thing to keep in mind is that sole custody does not necessarily mean the other parent won’t have visitation rights.
If you’re going through a divorce and interested in obtaining sole custody, formulate a plan for proving that it’s best for your children.