When you are going through a divorce or separation from a partner, there are so many emotional issues involved in the process. Perhaps no issue will evoke more emotions than figuring out the custody situation for the children.
We know the importance of children having both parents in their lives, but this does not necessarily mean that it is in the best interest of the child to live with both parents. There are many situations in which sole custody is the best option.
When you need a sole custody attorney, turn to Emy A. Cordano, Attorney at Law, for help. She has decades of family law experience and will work to ensure that your child ends up in the best situation possible.
Why Sole Custody?
Most people agree that it is in the best interest of the child to have both parents involved in their life if possible. Custody decisions are complex, but they are necessary.
One thing that is certain is that every child custody case, like every divorce, is unique. An experienced attorney will understand the complexities and help you navigate the legal waters. Sole custody gives one parent or guardian specific rights over a minor child, rights that the other parent or guardian will not have.
Sole Legal Custody
This deals with which parent has control over the child’s educational, medical, and other important legal decisions.
Sole Physical Custody
This deals with where the child will live primarily. This does not mean that the other parent will not see their child, rather, they will likely have visitation rights and pay child support.
(Both physical and legal custody does not necessarily have to be sole custody. It could be the case that parents have joint legal custody while one has sole custody and vice versa.)
The courts will examine the lives of both parents when it comes to determining custody. This will include finances and living arrangements, as well as issues with substance abuse and criminal matters such as physical abuse.
When a court orders custody, it must be abided by. Both parents still have responsibilities, even the non-custodial parent. The custodial parent must allow the ordered visitation to take place. If they do not, they could face an enforcement order.
Modifications and adjustments can be made to custody orders, but the court must be petitioned for any changes to be considered. If the other party is petitioned for a modification changed against you and you do not agree, do not worry. You will have a chance to answer their claims.
What You Can Do
Child custody disputes are not easy to deal with. They can become emotional for all parties involved. That is why you need experienced legal help to navigate the situation. Emy A. Cordano, Attorney at Law, will work with you to make sure you get a resolution to your custody dispute. She understands that there are sometimes situations that require only one parent having custody.