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The benefits and challenges of sole custody

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Child Custody |

Sole custody can offer stability and clear decision-making for a child, but it also comes with challenges. Understanding both sides helps parents make informed decisions about seeking this option.

Benefits of sole custody

Sole custody provides one parent with the authority to make major decisions regarding the child’s welfare. Having one decision-maker can simplify the process and avoid conflicts between parents. Sole custody can also offer stability, especially in high-conflict situations. The child stays in one home, providing consistency and a predictable routine. This stability can help the child feel secure and reduce stress.

Challenges of sole custody

While sole custody has benefits, it also presents challenges. The custodial parent bears the full responsibility for the child’s upbringing. Balancing work and childcare can be demanding, leading to stress and fatigue. Sole custody can also limit the child’s relationship with the non-custodial parent. When one parent is less involved, the child might feel a sense of loss or abandonment, so seeking this legal option may not always be in the child’s best interest.

Impact on the child

The impact of sole custody on the child varies. Some children thrive with the stability and consistency of one primary home. Others might struggle with limited access to the non-custodial parent. It’s crucial to consider the child’s needs; in New York, the courts decide custody based on what is best for the child, which may not be sole custody.

When petitioning for sole custody, parents should consider what’s best for their child. Ensuring the child’s well-being requires thoughtful consideration and, when possible, cooperation.