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Divorcing fathers are often concerned about sole custody

As a father going through divorce, you may begin to wonder if the court will favor your ex-wife as the process moves forward. This is particularly true with regard to matters of child custody and child support.

While you're sure to have many things on your mind, it's only common to have concerns about sole custody. In other words, you worry that the court will grant sole custody to your ex-wife, leaving you out of the equation altogether.

Note: Joint custody is the most common arrangement, but there are times when the court decides on sole custody, such as if one parent has a history of drug abuse.

As the name implies, sole custody is when one parent receives exclusive legal and physical custody of a child. If this happens, the other parent may still be entitled to visitation. However, depending on the circumstances, visitation may require supervision.

What is the benefit of sole custody?

For the person receiving sole custody, the primary benefit is simple to understand: You no longer have to discuss parenting decisions with the other parent. Instead, you're responsible for making all decisions, such as those relating to education, religion, and health care.

On the flipside, if you're a father who is worried about your ex-wife receiving sole custody, you realize that this will more or less keep you out of your child's life.

You have rights

Although you may have concerns about sole custody as the divorce process moves forward, don't overlook the fact that you also have rights. Gone are the days when family law courts would typically favor the mother. In today's age, the court only cares about doing what is in the best interest of the child.

Even with this in mind, it's imperative that you know your rights and the strategy you can use to put yourself in position to continue to raise your child.

Rather than take a risk with this important process, it typically makes sense to consult with a family law attorney. When you have professional help on your side, it's easier to understand your rights and to make informed decisions. In the end, what matters most is that you are in position to remain a big part of your child's life, even though you are no longer married.

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