Child Custody Help for Single Mothers

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Child Custody Help for Single Mothers

The issue of child custody is an emotionally taxing scenario for many individuals. Ending a relationship whether you were married or not, can be difficult for you and your child. You want what’s best for your child, and resolving the issue of custody as quickly as possible, will create less disruption in your child’s life.

What Are Your Rights?

You are your child’s mother, and therefore, have the basic right to care for and raise your child. More recently, courts have been leaning in the direction of allowing both parents to have an active role in a child’s life. But as a single mother, you have options to pursue your rights as a custodial parent.

If the child’s father is no longer in the picture, you may be worried that he could try to take custody away from you. Or, if you believe the child’s father is unfit to be around your child, you must provide proof to the court. In both cases, it may be appropriate to petition the court for sole custody or custodial parent rights.

Different Types of Custody

Physical and legal custody are not one in the same. The parent who has physical custody is the parent with whom the child lives. The parent who has legal custody is the parent who makes important decisions in the child’s life.

But mothers can share physical and legal custody of their children with the children’s father. This can make difficult decisions hard to handle, as you will need to get the child’s father’s agreement or opinion heard before you can make a choice.

Having custody of your child means you have the right to make important decisions in your child’s life. Decisions such as medical care, schooling, and religious affiliation are up to the primary legal parent.

Consulting an experienced family law lawyer can help you determine your legal standing, and help you determine what steps you may need to take to gain legal custody.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Child custody cases can be confusing, overwhelming, and frightening for any parent who’s relationship with their child is on the line. State laws differ from one another, and a family law lawyer in your area can advise you of your rights, assist in required paperwork, and help you through the entire legal process.

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Last Modified: 07-07-2017 03:15 PM PDT

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