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Should you seek sole custody of your children?

As a divorced parent, you may consider seeking sole custody of your children. This allows you to make decisions without needing to constantly negotiate or reach an agreement with the other parent, eliminates potential conflicts and creates a more stable environment for your children to thrive in.

While every situation is unique, several common factors might lead you to seek sole custody in your Florida divorce.

Ensuring stability and continuity

According to Thriveworks, one of the most difficult challenges that children face is the divorce of their parents. By having sole custody, you can establish a consistent routine and environment that best suits your children’s needs. This includes setting rules, schedules and educational choices that align with your parenting style and promote the well-being of your children. Florida’s statute laws abide by this and keep the child’s best interests in mind.

Protecting against harm or neglect

Another critical reason to seek sole custody is when concerns arise about the other parent’s ability to provide a safe environment. If you have evidence of neglect, abuse, substance abuse or domestic violence involving the other parent, seeking sole custody is a smart plan of action.

Promoting the best interests of the children

If you genuinely believe that sole custody is in the best interests of your children, you should present your case accordingly. Factors such as the child’s relationship with each parent, their adjustment to the community, the parent’s ability to provide for the child’s needs and the child’s preferences (depending on their age and maturity) play a significant role in the court’s decision-making process.

If you can demonstrate that sole custody will promote your children’s physical, emotional and psychological well-being, it can strengthen your case.

Remember that the court grants sole custody based on the needs of the children. With compelling evidence and arguments to support your request for sole custody, you can help meet those needs.

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