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Rhode Island residents may seek sole child custody


While shared or joint custody may be a noble goal that aims to preserve a child's relationship with each parent in Rhode Island after a divorce, there are times when it is not in the best interests of the child to award joint custody. In these situations, sole custody may be the better choice.


There are a number of reasons as to why, in some circumstances, sole custody may be the better choice. Joint custody requires a certain amount of cooperation. If the parents cannot effectively communicate due to the toxic nature of their relationship, sole custody may be an option to consider. In addition, if there are instances of child abuse or drug or alcohol abuse, the abuser should not be awarded custody. Further, if a parent cannot make decisions that are in the child's best interest due to a mental condition, sole custody may be sought by the other parent.

The Law Office of Steven J. Hirsch, Esq. has helped many parents seek sole custody of their children, including those who need an emergency custody order. The Law Office of Steven J. Hirsch, Esq. has represented clients who are facing false accusations of abuse and are seeking to retain their custody rights. If necessary, other experts, such as therapists or a guardian ad litem, can be called upon to help make a decision.

In the end, it is important to make sure a child has safe and supportive living arrangements. Children should not be made to endure the fights of their parents. Our website's child custody overview may be helpful for Rhode Island parents who want to learn more about sole custody.

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