How do you build a strong case for child custody?
Tips for Building Your Child Custody Case
- Know your role. Simply wearing the title of “mother”, “father”, or “grandparent” will not hold weight in the courtroom.
- Keep good records.
- Do your homework – literally.
- Playing the blame game.
- People in your circle.
- Habits that die hard.
Can a parent have sole custody of a child?
One parent may have legal sole custody rights, but share physical custody through a visitation agreement. One parent may have sole physical custody, but the other parent may share in decisions about the child. It is rare for the courts to award sole physical and legal custody to a parent, unless the court deems that one parent is unfit.
What’s the burden of proof for sole custody?
The burden of proof is on you: As a result, any parent seeking sole custody has to prove that he or she is best able to care for a child, with or without the assistance of the other parent. From a judge’s standpoint, parents should not be “trashing” one another during a child custody hearing.
What makes a parent unfit for sole custody?
Examples of what might make a parent unfit include: a history of violence, mental instability, drug or alcohol abuse, or neglect of the child. Even then, visitation rights might be granted under a supervised visitation agreement.
What are the reasons for sole custody agreements?
ABUSE: If a parent has assaulted or sexually abused the other parent or any child, this presents an obvious danger to their child. NEGLECT: If a parent has previously neglected the child, this neglect could continue in the future.
What happens when a parent has sole custody of a child?
When a parent has sole legal custody of a child, it means they hold the legal rights to all decision-making for that child, whereas those decisions may be shared if the arrangement is joint legal custody.
What are the pros and cons of sole legal custody?
1 Can be discouraging and disheartening for the parent that is not awarded sole legal custody 2 May become a source of resentment and conflict 3 Can be overwhelming for one parent to make all the major decisions alone 4 May limit the involvement of one parent and potentially causes children to view that parent as less important
How to build a child custody case with pictures?
You need to know precise details of the arrangement you want, especially if you’re asking for changes to an existing order. A broad request such as “I want custody” likely will be insufficient. Divide a sheet of paper into three columns, and write down each thing you want separately in the first column.
Who is an advocate for sole legal custody?
Jennifer Wolf is a PCI Certified Parent Coach and a strong advocate for single moms and dads. Whether you are planning a divorce or you are in the midst of fighting for child custody, it’s important that you understand what it means to sue for sole legal custody.