During a divorce, many couples in Kentucky and elsewhere have to consider child custody arrangements in addition to matters such as property division and alimony. Child custody is often a contentious issue. Both parents are likely to want as much time as possible with their children. Equal custody may be an option in ideal circumstances, but it is not always feasible. One or both parents may choose to pursue sole physical and legal custody of the children.
In what is already a well-publicized case, Angelina Jolie has recently filed for divorce from Brad Pitt. Reportedly, she is asking for full physical custody of their six children after citing irreconcilable differences. She is asking the court for Brad to have visitation rights with the children. It is yet unknown what the outcome of this case will be, as well as her reasons for seeking full custody.
Having sole custody of the children is not as common as sharing joint custody, but it may have numerous advantages. For example, a parent with full custody is able to make the majority of the decisions regarding where the children go to school, who their doctor should be, the type of medical care they should receive and so on. There might be conflict between the two parents, but it is possible that only one parent having custody may relieve some of the burden the other parent feels about making these decisions. This arrangement may also be beneficial if the noncustodial parent lives far away.
Each divorce is unique, especially when children are involved. A custody situation that is ideal for one set of parents may not be the best idea for others, which is why it may help to discuss the different options with a family law attorney.
Source: CNN, "Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt," Lisa Respers France and Brian Stelter, Sept. 21, 2016