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What are the details of sole custody?

As you move through the divorce process, you will do whatever it takes to protect your child. Along with this, it won't be long before you're thinking about matters of child custody.

There are many types of child custody, with joint or shared custody among the most common arrangement. Along with this, sole custody is something you need to learn more about.

As the name implies, sole custody is when the court grants one parent exclusive legal and physical custody rights to the child. This typically comes about when one parent is considered unfit by the court, such as if he or she has a history of alcohol or drug abuse.

The primary benefit of sole custody is the fact that you will not have to ask the other parent for his or her input with regard to important decisions, such as those associated with health care and religion. Instead, you're responsible for making every decision regarding your child's upbringing.

Note: Even if you are awarded sole custody it doesn't mean that the other parent is never permitted to see the child. This person may be granted visitation rights by the court.

Some people fight for sole custody. Others realize that their former spouse is seeking sole custody and that they need to take steps to ensure that this does not happen.

Going through divorce can be extremely challenging and complicated, especially if you have at least one other child with your ex-spouse. Make sure you understand the finer details of the many types of custody to ensure that you're on the right track.

Source: FindLaw, "Sole Custody," accessed March 15, 2017

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