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How can you win sole or primary custody?

If you are getting a divorce from your spouse, one thing you may be looking into is winning custody of your child. If there is a reason that you believe you should have sole custody, then it's important to have evidence and proof of why you're the parent who should care for your child and why the other parent should not.

In all cases that go to court, a judge wants to determine that a child custody arrangement is in the best interests of the child in question. Sometimes, that does not include sole custody. For example, if your ex has done nothing nefarious and cares for your child well, the court is unlikely to rule that he or she is not allowed to have visitation or that he or she may not have shared custody. However, in cases of abuse or when considering other factors, the judge may decide that sole custody is the best arrangement for the child.

If you want to win sole or primary custody, then you need to show that you are the parent who wants what's best for your child. Show that you take part in your child's activities and support his or her needs. Judges appreciate a parent who puts his or her child first.

Another thing to do is to make sure you can show why you're the better parent to care for your child's emotional health. For example, if your ex-spouse is very negative and saying negative things about you to your child, this could be used to show that your child is hurt by that relationship.

The courts consider many factors when deciding child custody cases. Your attorney can help you be positive you have all the evidence and support you need for your claims.

Source: The Spruce, "How to Win Child Custody," accessed April 25, 2017

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