When a Michigan couple decides their only option is to get a divorce it has often been quite a process to get to this stage. A divorce is not an easy decision and can affect every aspect of a person’s life. There are many issues that a couple needs to work through in a divorce and if children are involved, child custody is one matter that is often contentious. A parent may want to know if sole custody is an option.
Is sole custody an option?
When a parent is going through a divorce they often wonder if they can get sole custody of their children. While there are times when sole custody is awarded by the courts, it is a rare occurrence. Most of the time if they child has two good parents, or good enough parents, joint custody will be awarded. In Michigan, child custody is awarded based on the best interests of the child.
When would sole custody be in the best interests of the child?
The court decides what is in the best interests of the child based on several factors. The court may award sole custody in some situations. These include:
- One parent is addicted to drugs or alcohol
- History of domestic violence in front of or involving the child
- A parent is absent
- History of parental abuse of child
- A parent neglects a child
A legal professional who is skilled in Michigan child custody can help a parent understand their options when it comes to child custody. They can help them determine if they have a good case for sole custody or whether joint custody is a realistic goal. They can recommend a child custody approach that is best for their client’s family.