Divorces are complex matters that become further complicated when children become involved. Determining a custody agreement can be an extremely emotional process because the thought of not seeing your child as much as you once did can be very upsetting for some parents. In fact, many parents wonder if it is possible for them to obtain sole custody of their children.
In most cases, a joint custody agreement is put in place. The courts want both parents to have the opportunity to continue the parental relationship with their child even after the divorce has taken place. There may be certain situations in which a court will deem one of the parents “unfit” to parent. These cases are rare. In this situation, the court could grant one parent sole custody and visitation rights to the other. It is important to know that many times, visitation may have to be supervised in order to make sure the child is not put into any potentially dangerous situations.
A parent can always request sole custody, but whether or not it will actually be granted is another story. If the parent has good enough reason to show that their child having contact with the other parent would have serious negative impacts, the court may grant sole custody. The court will always do what is considered to be in the best interest of the child. Sometimes, this does mean granting sole custody rights to one parent and other times, it is better for the parents to share custody.
If you have questions about whether or not sole custody is a possibility for you, consult with an experienced family law attorney who can assess your case. Contact The Law Offices of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC for a consultation.