There are a number of reasons why a parent seeks sole custody of a child, including he or she may want more child support or more control over the decisions that are made on the child’s behalf. Of course, there are cases when a parent wants sole custody purely to spite the other parent.
Courts do not award sole custody just because a parent asks. A strong argument needs to be made to support the parent’s request. A court looks at different factors in determining a sole custody request and the number one factor is the best interests of the child. A court strongly believes that a child needs to have a meaningful relationship with both parents. Other factors that the court looks into include:
· Is domestic violence or sexual abuse involved?
· Is there drug or alcohol use?
· Is the environment safe?
· Is there a criminal history?
Whether you are the parent seeking sole custody or the parent whose parental rights are on the line, it is critical to contact an experienced Orange County Family Law attorney who will fight to protect yours and your child’s best interests.