Child custody battles are by far one of the most emotionally taxing aspects of a divorce. While many parents settle for joint custody in the best interests of the child, what happens if joint custody is not in the best interest of your children? Domestic violence, neglect and other forms of abuse are only a few circumstances where joint custody may present risks to your children.

The best interests of your children are always going to come first and sometimes, the best interests involve sole custody.

What is sole custody?

When one parent has physical and legal custody with rights over the child, this is sole custody, according to FindLaw. Sole custody is rare and only appropriate in cases where one parent is not fit to have responsibility over the child. Sole custody may include physical custody or legal custody. Legal custody includes any decisions about the child’s welfare, whereas the parent with physical custody lives with the child.

When is sole custody appropriate?

There may be several instances where sole custody is appropriate. One example includes a parent who neglects or abuses his or her children. For instance, if your ex-spouse has a substance abuse problem, then you may not want him or her to have authority when deciding key issues about your children. It may be better for your children to live with you full time.

For many parents, a solid quick resolution is always in the best interests of the family and the children. Sometimes sole custody is the best resolution possible. More information on divorce and family law are available on our web page.