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Due to precautions related to COVID-19, we have expanded our options for remote consultations. Please contact our office to discuss whether a full phone consultation or video conference is appropriate for your situation. We can still accommodate in person meetings as well, while being mindful of social distancing guidelines.

What happens if child custody needs to change?

| May 9, 2019 | Child Custody |

If you are a parent, no one needs to ask what you care about the most. Children are always the priority of good parents, and that extends into a time after separation or divorce from a child’s other parent. When it comes to decision making for a child’s life, there are several reasons why a parent would want that power to themselves.

What are the types of custody?

Physical custody involves where a child spends time, and it is often divided up equitably if not evenly. For example, one parent may have custody during the week so a child may attend one school and the other parent has weekend rights. Legal custody involves the ability to make decisions regarding a child’s upbringing, spiritual life and other vital matters.

Why would a parent sue for sole custody?

Any evidence or suspicion of physical or emotional abuse could be considered a good legal reason to change physical or legal custody at least temporarily during an investigation. Neglect of a child’s needs during custodial time may also cause a revisit of custodial rights.

There are reasons beyond a parent’s behavior with the child to seek sole custody. For example, if a parent suddenly becomes unavailable through incarceration or military service, sole custody may be awarded to the other parent. Permanent relocation would also trigger a new look at custody.

An experienced family law attorney can help parents claim child custody or negotiate with their co-parent for the best arrangement for their children. It’s always wise to have legal representation if you go to family court.

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