If you are going through a divorce in California, you should know that the state usually likes parents to divide custody equally. There is a presumption that your child should be raised by both parents and have them both in their life.
However, there are cases when you may want to take sole custody, such as if there is a history of child abuse or you plan to move across the country to get a better job. Your goal may be to provide the best life possible for your child, even if that means that the other parent won’t see them as often as they do now.
There are some things you can do to help yourself get sole custody. Here are two ideas to help as you build your case.
1. Show that the other parent isn’t capable of providing care for your child
Whether it’s due to not having a job, a history of abuse, a history of substance abuse or other issues, if you can show that the other parent is not capable of caring for your child, then you may be able to get sole custody.
2. Prove that major changes are in your child’s best interests
If you want sole child custody and to move with your child, you will need to show that you have your child’s best interests in mind. For example, if the move will mean that you earn a significant amount of money, have better support from your family, can send your child to an excellent school and can give them more opportunities, then a judge may agree to the relocation and to giving you custody.
These are two ways that you can work toward sole custody. It’s not typical for this kind of custody to be awarded, but with the right evidence and support for your request, it may be possible.