The thought of splitting custody may fill your mind with uncertainty. You may wonder how you can share your children with someone you no longer desire to have a relationship with.
Depending on the circumstances, you may feel it necessary to seek full custody of your children. Knowing under what conditions this is a reasonable request can help you plan your next steps.
Abuse and neglect
Your children will rely on you for love and protection even more now than ever before. Divorce may disrupt their home, their family dynamic and their feelings of stability and comfort. According to the Michigan Supreme Court, the courts will assess your children’s safety prior to making custody decisions. This may include an investigation into allegations of domestic violence against either parent, as well as the history of care your children have received.
If you have concerns about the way your ex treats your children, you may have a solid reason to pursue full custody. Evidence that your ex abuses your children or neglects their primary needs may create a favorable circumstance for you to press for sole custody. Documenting your concerns can provide critical support in court.
Relocation and incarceration
Another reason to seek full custody is if you need to relocate. Your job or an educational opportunity may take you out of state. If you have a legitimate reason to relocate far away from your ex, you may have a more successful chance of getting full custody.
If your ex ends up incarcerated, this provides you an opportunity to take over as your children’s sole provider. No matter your reason for seeking full custody of your children, an attorney can help you determine the best way to strategize your request for an optimal outcome.