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Understanding when to seek sole custody

On Behalf of | Sep 15, 2018 | Child Custody |

For many parents who are in the middle of a divorce in Florida, it may be difficult to put the needs of their children first when they are so frustrated with their failed relationship. Often, feelings of anger, sadness and even confusion can create situations that are less-than-ideal for children. While it is highly recommended that parents put the needs of their children at the forefront of their obligations when arranging a child custody agreement, more often than not, creating a functional and beneficial arrangement can be fraught with tension and disagreement. 

While there are undoubtedly times when a parent sees the need to fight for sole custody of his or her children, it is imperative that both pros and cons are carefully assessed before making that decision. According to verywellfamily, one of the biggest positives for children who are in the sole custody of one of their parents is that they can live consistently in one place and do not have to switch between parents. However, transitions like this especially when children are used to living with both of their parents, can be difficult and will take time to acclimate to. 

Anytime there is a non-custodial parent situation, that parent must be extra vigilant in how they choose to spend their time with their children. The reason is that too much play time can deprive children of the important interactions of a parent-child relationship including teaching moments and discipline. Non-custodial parents should do their best to provide opportunities for normal parent-child interaction despite only being with their child for a limited period of time. 

Verywellfamily also reminds people that sole custody is rarely granted in cases where there is not significant proof that a child will be better off in one parent’s home than the other. 

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