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Can I seek sole custody?

In general, courts prefer to split custody evenly between two parents. However, in many cases, this is either not possible or is in conflict with the wishes of one or both parents. If you or your child's other parent plan to seek sole custody, it is important to understand what that actually means, and what it does not.

Preparing to seek nonparental custody

Child custody conflicts are usually between parents of a child, but not always. In some cases, a party other than a biological parent may seek custody of a child, and courts are usually willing to consider a compelling argument for nonparental custody if the circumstances justify it. If you know a child who you believe may have a safer, more beneficial upbringing with you, you need to determine the strongest grounds you have for requesting custody.

Do I need a temporary child support order?

When a child is rather young, determining who should care for him or her and when is an important part of any divorce negotiation. One of the most commonly used tools in this instance is a temporary child custody order. Under a temporary child custody order, parents establish their respective duties and parental privileges, which is an important part of navigating divorce, especially for parents who are already relatively combative with each other.

Do I need a temporary child support order?

When a child is rather young, determining who should care for him or her and when is an important part of any divorce negotiation. One of the most commonly used tools in this instance is a temporary child custody order. Under a temporary child custody order, parents establish their respective duties and parental privileges, which is an important part of navigating divorce, especially for parents who are already relatively combative with each other.

How does an unmarried father pursue parental rights?

Parenting agreements are a standard part of divorce when parents choose to end a marriage, but for unmarried fathers, fighting for fair child custody can present some additional challenges. If you and your child's biological mother were never married, you still have parental rights, but may have to overcome some additional obstacles to claim these rights in a fair way.

Do you know where your children are during a shared custody?

After you and your child's other parent arrive at a custody agreement, you might think that the difficult part is over. However, for many parents, the conflicts are only just beginning. Often, two parents use very different parenting styles, and often this means that one parent is less concerned with following the specifics of a custody agreement than the other. Conflicts can arise if one parent does not always inform the other where the children are if they choose to leave their daily routines. This is, understandably, a source of great frustration for many parents throughout the country.

What could cause me to lose custody of my child?

Many parents wage a hard-fought war over child custody, and this conflict has many opportunities to continue well after a court hands down a custody order. Even if you obtain full or partial custody of your child after a divorce or separation from the child's other parent, there are still many things that threaten that custody. Be sure that you understand some of the behavior that may cause you to lose custody of the child you love.

What if my child's other parent ignores our joint legal custody?

Sharing legal custody of a child between two parents is often a complicated and difficult experience. In many instances, one parent may use this situation to punish the other parent for personal conflicts, or simply choose to be unreasonable when it comes to compromising on child rearing issues where both parents do not agree.

Why shouldn't I file false allegations to help my custody case?

If you are in the middle of a divorce, there is a very strong likelihood that you'll consider things you wouldn't otherwise do. When it comes to custody disputes, many parents allow the emotional burden of possibly losing some of their relationship and input with their children to move their ethical boundaries. If you are considering make false or exaggerated allegations of misconduct against your spouse for leverage, you should seriously reconsider and consult with an experienced attorney.

Mediation helps protect your children during divorce

Many parents whose marriages come to an end know that they need to move on, but worry about how the divorce process may affect their children. In far too many cases, one parent remains in an unhealthy or abusive relationship for the sake of children. In some other instances, children become bargaining chips between parents trying to punish each other in the divorce process.