When parents divorce, the issue of custody can play a major part in the process. Some Utah parents may think that seeking sole physical custody would be best for their child custody arrangements, and in many cases with this outcome, both parents often maintain legal custody, meaning they can both make decisions for the children. However, it is possible for some parents to want sole legal custody.
As with any type of custody arrangement, sole legal custody can have its upsides and downsides. When it comes to the benefits, the custodial parent may feel better able to make decisions for the children because he or she does not have to have a discussion with the other parent first. The parents may also have less conflict because they do not have to communicate as often.
With the downsides to this arrangement, one significant issue is that the children may not have as strong of a bond with the other parent if he or she has no say in the children’s lives. Resentment over awarded sole legal custody could cause strife between parents, or the noncustodial parent may withdraw from the children due to having so little part in their lives. Even for the custodial parent, the arrangement could become overwhelming due to making decisions without help.
Because each family is different, it is important to thoroughly assess the various child custody options before making a decision about seeking sole custody. In some cases, this type of arrangement may be warranted, especially if one parent is unfit. However, Utah parents will likely still have to fight for this outcome in court.