The custody of your children can become one of the most distressing elements of getting a divorce. Typically, both parents want to remain a continuous presence in their children’s lives. Sometimes, this leads to conflict between them.
It is hard for many to contemplate how life will unfold when they must share physical custody of their children. Therefore, some parents seek sole physical custody, but is this fair to your co-parent and your kids?
Potential disadvantages of sole physical custody
Before you commit to pursuing sole child custody, think carefully about how it may affect others in your life. Possible downsides of sole custody include the following:
- You risk removing the guiding presence of your co-parent in your children’s day-to-day lives.
- The noncustodial parent may feel like an outsider instead of a parent.
- Those with sole custody may find it hard to handle parenting responsibilities without regular help and support from the other parent.
- Children may miss the other parent and feel emotionally separated from them.
Every parenting situation is unique. Judges take many factors into account when approving or deciding custody matters. Chief among these factors is what’s in the best interests of your children. Family courts will always put this above other custody considerations regardless of a parent’s wishes.
If you are seeking sole child custody, you must provide the court with a compelling reason to approve that. When you have cause for concern about sharing custody, learning more about state custody laws and family court procedures can make a big difference in the outcome of your case.