Does child custody differ for married and unmarried couples?

By |2022-10-07T09:51:48+00:0015 Oct 2015|Categories: Child Custody|

Child custody disputes are not easy for any parent to handle. With them often being concerned about losing their child or getting less time with them, they may be emotional throughout the entire process. Even though child custody is an issue that is addressed differently for unmarried and married couples, the emotional reaction parents may experience is similar.

Not every couple that has children together is married; any parent may experience a battle for custody over their children. If a married couple decides to divorce and they have children, along with dealing with the issue of alimony and property division, they will have to resolve any disputes over child custody. Both parents can work together to decide who gets what type of custody or they can let a judge make the decision for them.

When an unmarried couple has a child, the mother is the parent who has sole custody of the child. The only way this will be change is if the father decides to pursue custody of the child. It is likely that they will go to court and the judge will determine if the father will be awarded any type of custody of the child.

Any parent who is currently going through a child custody dispute with the other parent of their child may need legal assistance. The courts will do they can to keep the child’s best interests in mind when awarding custody, but you will have to do your part to prove that you are the parent who deserves custody. An attorney can help you prove this to the judge and get your child placed in your care.

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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