Sole custody might seem like a good idea if you’re hoping to make all the major decisions for your child, and it can even seem like a good way to show that you’re “right” compared to your spouse when considering all aspects of your divorce.
The truth is that unless there is abuse or another reason that your child is endangered or cannot be a part of the other parent’s life, sole custody can be harmful to a child. Psychologists now believe that children perform better when they have both parents in their lives. There are some benefits to sole custody if it’s right in your situation, however.
What are the benefits of sole custody?
Sole custody’s primary benefit is a parent’s right to make all decisions for their children. It also guarantees that a child will be cared for by that parent and not by the other if the parent has sole physical custody. Sole legal custody, which refers to the potential to make decisions for your child, is different from sole physical custody. You can ask for one and not the other.
Can you move away if you have sole custody?
If you have sole custody of your child, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can do anything you want. You typically cannot move away with your child without the court’s permission if the other parent has any visitation rights at all.
Sole custody may or may not be the right choice in your case. Your attorney can give you important information to let you know more about your custody options moving forward.