Obtaining Full Custody of Your Child
Open dialogue between spouses can sometimes resolve child custody issues.a young child in deep thought image by Paul Hill from Fotolia.com
Calmly discuss child custody with your spouse. In some instances, parents may come to an agreement without a costly and emotionally draining court battle if full custody can be agreed upon by both parents.
An angry divorce will not impact the court's decision on custody.c..."ur bris?? image by Ellsing from Fotolia.com
Hire an attorney who specializes in family and custody issues. Fully brief the attorney on the objective reasons why you should be awarded exclusive custody of your child. "He or she was a bad spouse" is not an example of an appropriate reason for awarding full custody.
A child's desire to remain in a community or particular school may influence the court.father and son. image by Harvey Hudson from Fotolia.com
Ask your child where she would like to live. If your child is too young to articulate her preference, identify what she likes about her living arrangement (e.g., siblings, community, neighborhood).
The best interests of the child are the main concern of the court.happy child image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com
Be prepared to explain to the court why you are the parent who can provide for the best interests of the child. Financial stability, emotional stability and the presence of other siblings and family members all serve to enhance your case for custody. Showing that the child has a stable and happy home with one parent is not a guarantee of exclusive custody but will aid in proving who can provide for the best interests of the child.
Mental or physical abuse will provide grounds for loss of custody.handcuffs four image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com
Provide information showing why your spouse is not suitable for joint custody, including any history of abuse or instability. Mental or physical instability of one parent can result in the granting of full custody to the other parent. An arrest record is not conclusive evidence but may serve to influence the court as to the probability of the child's stability if raised exclusively elsewhere.