Sole Custody Affords One Parent the Ability to Make All Decisions Regarding the Child
Video Transcribed: My name’s Keith Flinn, I am a Tulsa Child Custody Attorney for Men. Today, I want to talk a little bit about custody rights, and I talk about legal custody rights, not physical custody rights.
So let’s talk about the difference between sole custody versus joint custody. Sole custody affords one parent the ability to make all decisions about that child, including schooling, medical decisions, extracurricular activities, religious participation, et cetera.
A sole custodian could allow your child to have a sex change without you even being involved in the decision. Joint custody, on the other side, provides both parents an equal right to the child and requires that both parents participate in those decisions, including religion, education, medical decisions, and the like. And so if you would like to have decision-making authority then you would like joint legal custody or sole legal custody of your child.
In many instances, sole custody is awarded by presumption, specifically in those cases where men are having children outside of wedlock. However, the legal preference is that joint custody is awarded to both parents.
And so if you are facing sole custody in a woman’s hand, you have every ability to ask the court for joint custody. If you’ve got any questions about the difference between sole custody and joint custody or legal custody rights, please give us a call.