At one point in time, the court system had a biased stance on child custody and believed that the children always belonged with their mother in custody disputes. Today, the law sees it a bit differently and believes that it is in the best interests of the child to have both parents in their life. This is why you see more and more situations where mothers and fathers share custody of the child. But what happens if you are a mother and you believe that your unique situation calls for full custody? You have options.
Full Custody: What Determines the Decision
For starters, the state you reside in will sometimes determine which custody scenarios are available to you. Many states now determine custody based off of the ‘best interests of the child.’ This means you must ask yourself these questions as your child’s mother: What are the needs of the child? To what ability are you able to care for your child? Is there a history of abuse or neglect? What existing bonds do you and your ex-spouse have with your child? If you are able to provide a stable environment, you have a good chance.
If you are looking for sole custody in your case as a mother, you must be able to demonstrate to the court that awarding you custody is in the best interests of the child. You might want to have evidence that shows your existing relationship with the child and the stability of the home life you are able to provide. Perhaps your child’s father has an inability to provide a home to the child, meet their needs, or cannot financially support your child. In any of these events, you might be surprised by the custody you obtain.
In any case involving custody, matters can get complicated and we want to help. At the Montes Law Firm, we have what it takes to get you the best results in your case. Call us for more information on how we can play a role during this difficult time.