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Is Sole Custody The Right Approach?

Divorces and breakups can bring many emotions. One of the most frequent emotions is anger. Many parents are angry when they first contact me, Buffalo family law attorney Keith Schulefand. As a result, they are often seeking sole custody and want nothing to do with the other parent.

In almost all cases, this is unrealistic. Almost every custody agreement will involve some form of joint custody or shared parenting. The key is arriving at an agreement that will work for you, your children and the other parent. No one will get exactly what they want, but the overall outcome should be someone everyone can live with.

When Sole Custody Is A Legitimate Goal

Sole custody is almost always limited to instances when one parent has been deemed to be unfit, such as child abuse or substance abuse. Even in those situations, it is common for the parent to eventually have visitation rights.

All custody decisions will come down to what is in the best interest of the child. If you believe your child would be at risk with his or her other parent, you can seek sole legal and sole physical custody.

Sole Custody And Relocation

Having sole custody does not mean you can pick up and move your child without any repercussions. If your child’s other parent has visitation rights, the court will need to review the case before deciding whether to grant you the right to relocate.

More Than 30 Years Handling Child Custody Matters In Buffalo

I have 30+ years handling family law matters, including custody matters for mothers and fathers throughout Buffalo. If you have questions about sole or primary custody, I can help provide answers. Email my office today to schedule a free phone consultation.