When two people decide to separate and they have children together, one or both may want to have sole custody of the children. Depending on how the other parent feels about this, they may disagree and request that the two have joint legal custody of the children. There is no telling how these types of disputes will end, but parents have two options when it comes to finding a resolution: letting a judge decide or working together to find an arrangement with which they both are comfortable.
It is not unusual for parents to disagree on child custody. One parent may not have been around as much due to work, as a result, the other parent may have had to take care of the children more often. This parent could be considered the primary caregiver and when one parent has been the primary caregiver of the children, they may feel as though they should be awarded sole custody when the relationship ends. They may feel this arrangement is in the best interests of the children.
Child custody cases can sometimes be tricky. The process isn't as simple as one parent requesting full custody and getting it. When parents go before a judge to have their dispute resolved, the judge will have to review a number of factors before deciding on child custody. This means that just because one parent requests full custody, it doesn't mean it will be awarded to them.
Parents who are in the midst of a disagreement over child custody should consider contacting an attorney. Some may feel going before a judge is the best option, but parents aren't always awarded the type of custody they want when they let someone else decide. Having an attorney may help you get the custody you are looking for.