Many parents who are going through a divorce become determined to gain full custody of their children. This might be because they are convinced that the other parent would be a bad influence on their child or because they want to provide their child with a permanent and stable home.
In general, child custody courts across the country are united in the belief that joint custody is usually in the best interests of the child. However, there are some circumstances in which full custody might be best. The following are circumstances in which full custody might be awarded to one parent.
When the other parent presents a risk to the child
In most situations, the child custody courts will promote joint custody because they believe children benefit when they have a strong relationship with both of their parents. However, when one parent has a history of domestic abuse or is otherwise considered to be a risk to the child, the courts may not award custody rights to that parent.
When the other parent cannot commit to custody
If one parent has a very demanding work schedule or lives a long distance away from the children’s primary home, they may decide that they are unable to commit to a custody plan. Alternatively, they may simply decide that they do not want to have custody. In these situations, a more flexible plan may be achieved where the other parent has visitation rights when it is possible for them.
If you want to file for full custody of your child or if you are worried that your ex will try to gain full custody, it is important that you understand more about how the law works.