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What are the advantages of having sole custody of a child?

This Washington family law blog has recently discussed some of the advantages of pursuing joint child custody arrangements. It seems that in many cases children and parents do better when the responsibilities of direct parenting are shared between both adults in a child's life. Joint custody can help parents reduce their stress levels and allows children to maintain relationships with both of their parents.

There are situations, however, where sole custody of a child can be advantageous. Parents who have sole legal custody of their kids have the exclusive right to make important decisions about their children's well-beings. From health decisions to choices about religion and schooling, parents with sole legal custody can make selections about these topics without consulting their kids' other parent.

Sole physical custody can have its advantages, too. In joint physical custody arrangements, kids generally travel back and forth between their parents houses on a set schedule. While it has been shown that these schedules can benefit kids, they can also take a toll on children who must learn to live out of two households. If a child functions better by having only one room and one house to live out of, his interests may be better served by living with only one parent.

As every family is different, it is impossible to say without proper consultation what form of child custody is best for a particular child. To this end, readers of this blog should not treat this post as legal advice on their specific needs. Rather, individuals who would like to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of various child custody scenarios can seek out counsel from trusted legal professionals in their areas.

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