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Sole Custody
A parent who is awarded "sole custody" of a child has exclusive physical and legal custody rights concerning that child. Generally, sole custody is rare and is usually limited to where one parent has been deemed unfit. This may be the result of using drugs, abusing alcohol or evidence that the parent has engaged in child abuse or sexual abuse. This parent, however, may be allowed supervised visits.

Sole custody has both critics and supporters. Critics of sole custody stress that it is in the best interest of the child to protect and improve the child’s relationship with both parents. They believe shared custody is the best way to ensure that the child does not “lose” a parent because of the divorce. Critics also argue that it is the natural right of parents to be joint custodians of their children, whether they are married or not.

Supporters of sole physical custody fear that joint custody is often unworkable and worry about instability and potential conflict for the child. The success of joint physical custody may depend on the child. Some researchers have said that children who are relatively relaxed and laid-back will do better with joint physical custody than children who are tense and become easily upset by changes in routine. Because joint physical custody usually requires keeping two homes for the child, joint physical custody often costs more than sole custody.

By and large, however, getting sole legal and physical custody is rare and, absent a compelling reason, courts work to maintain a workable relationship between the former spouses and preserve a loving relationship between the child(ren) and both parents.


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