Joint Custody vs. Sole Custody

One of the most difficult parts of any divorce for a couple that has children is determining a custody award. Of course, when a parent finds out that they will no longer spend as much time with their child, it can be devastating and overwhelming. When parents can’t agree on custody, the court will often have to make a decision for them. Just as with any other matter related to a child, the court will make a decision based on what they believe is in the best interest of the child. The court will consider a number of different factors and then determine how custody will be arranged.

In the majority of cases, the court will award joint custody to parents. Joint custody means that while one parent may have more parenting time than the other, they will both have the opportunity to spend quality time with the child. In some of the best cases, though rare, the parents will be able to split joint custody equally.

Another rarity in terms of custody is when a court awards one parent sole custody. If the court believes one parent is unfit to parent because they may put the child at risk of danger, the court may award sole custody to the other parent.

If you have questions about custody in New York, contact our firm today.

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