Should you fight for sole custody of your children?

On Behalf of | Dec 23, 2020 | Child Custody |

You love your children, and you know that you would be the best parent to care for them. You’ve always been the one at home with them, and you believe that you can guarantee them a higher quality of life than if they live with their other parent.

Before you decide to fight for sole custody, it’s a good idea to think about the situation and if it warrants it. It’s the truth that most judges prefer to see parents share custody over fighting for sole custody, but there are times when sole custody makes sense.

Take, for example, a situation of neglect, abuse or drug or alcohol abuse. In any of those cases, the other parent may not be able to provide the right home for your child, and sole custody options should be discussed.

Can you fight for sole custody under any circumstances?

While you certainly have the option of seeking sole custody regardless of the circumstances, it’s not a good idea to do so. If you fight for sole custody but the other parent is a good parent, the chances are that the judge will not rule in your favor. Additionally, the judge may be unhappy about your actions against the other parent, and they may give the other parent more custody based on their wishes.

If you believe that your children are in danger or that they would be better served by having a single stable home rather than two parents with joint custody, you will need to show good reasons for feeling that way. The last thing you want is for your arguments to backfire, so you should be clear with your attorney about your reasons and be prepared to present them in court.