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Explanation of Sole Physical Custody


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Explanation of Sole Physical Custody:

With this type of child custody, the child physically resides at one location. In most cases, the non-custodial parent is awarded generous visitation rights, including sleepovers.

Pros of Sole Physical Custody:

  • The children reside in one, usually permanent, location.

  • In many cases, the children are able to continue living in the same location where they resided prior to the divorce or separation.

  • This enables the children to continue their established routines regarding schools, neighbors, and friendships.

  • The non-custodial parent usually granted liberal visitation rights.

Cons of Sole Physical Custody:

  • The children no longer reside with both parents.

  • Typically, the children and the non-custodial parent miss one another tremendously.

  • It can appear as though the parent who was granted physical custody was deemed a "better parent."

  • The non-custodial parent may feel like "just a visitor" in the children's lives.

  • Visitation can turn into a form of play time, robbing the children of what it would be like to actually live with the non-custodial parent, sharing everyday chores and responsibilities.

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