How Difficult Is It To Obtain Sole Custody Of A Child?

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How difficult is it to obtain sole custody of a child?


While I am not licensed to practice law in your state and am unable to give you legal advice, I can give you some general observations on this issue based on the jurisdiction where I practice.

Where I do practice in Virginia, there are two types of custody for children, physical and legal. Physical custody is the right to have physical possession of the child while legal custody is the right to make decisions that will affect the health and welfare of the child.

Generally, physical custody is shared by the parties with one party having primary physical custody. Primary physical custody will go to the parent the child generally lives with. Legal custody is also generally split equally between the parties unless one party gives up the right to have legal custody or has done something to show they are not fit to have legal custody.

Virginia Divorce Attorney Charles Hatley
Virginia Divorce Attorney Charles Hatley

When seeking sole custody of any type, the case becomes difficult. You have to show the other parent is not fit to raise the child. This is generally difficult.

Child custody is very fact-specific and requires a specialized knowledge of local law. For these reasons I would suggest you contact an attorney who specializes in family law matters in your jurisdiction.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than tips on custody, so please contact an attorney in your jurisdiction to obtain specific advice as to the laws of your state and how they impact your case.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss child custody rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Virginia divorce lawyer Charles D. Hatley, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

2 comments on “How Difficult Is It To Obtain Sole Custody Of A Child?

    One way to get full custody is to throw yourself against a car, blame it on your husband, have him arrested, take pictures of the bruises, show them to the judge in family court, and be awarded sole custody despite the fact that your husband is an absolute rockstar of a dad. Worked for my soon to be ex-wife.

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