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Your sole custody case is one of a kind, so get the help you need

You want to have your child to yourself. It's not a selfish reason -- you fear for your child's safety and don't want your spouse to have any legal right to make decisions on your child's behalf. If you want sole custody, there are a few things to know.

Can you win sole custody without child abuse taking place?

If you request sole custody, the court may want to look at what makes you the best parent to take care of your child and why it should not award custody to your spouse. Your attorney will need to convince the judge that you are better than your spouse at caring for your child. This can be difficult to prove depending on the circumstances of your marriage and divorce. However, if there are situations involving domestic abuse or child abuse, then you may have a better chance of winning sole custody in court.

Usually, the court does not like to issue sole custody rulings unless they're necessary. It's generally viewed that a child with two parents fares better than one who does not have both parents in his or her life. Again, it all depends on the circumstances of your case.

What should you bring to court if you want sole custody?

Bring all documents regarding your child, including any domestic abuse allegations or convictions against your spouse or other evidence that supports your request. Your attorney can give you a full list of items you should bring to court, so you have them prepared and organized for the judge.

What should you do in court on the day of the hearing?

It's important to have good courtroom etiquette. Nothing is going to hurt you more than looking unprepared or acting rudely to the judge. You should take care to appear clean and rested. Your attorney can give you more information on the best etiquette tips. Our website has more on what to expect when you head to court.

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