Statistically, having sole custody as a father is not very common. In general, courts across the United States are pushing more toward joint custody arrangements when it is possible. This is because children tend to benefit from having a strong bond with both of their parents. However, there are situations when this is not possible or not healthy for the child.
The courts always seek to rule in the best interests of the child. This means that the courts will rule in the father's favor if they believe that their sole custody would be most beneficial to the child's well-being and happiness. Assuming that the mother of the child wants custody, the father will need to show that the mother is an unfit parent. This can be difficult to do, however. The following are some things to consider when petitioning for sole custody in Indiana.
Does the mother have any positive impact on the child's life?
If you are trying to gain sole custody, it is likely that you believe the mother is an unfit parent. Perhaps this is because she is suffering from addiction, mental illness or because she is abusive. Naturally, it is right to want to protect your child from this. However, you should consider if there is any way that the mother could have a positive interaction with their child, perhaps in the form of supervised visitation. Considering these possibilities will show the courts that you are committed to doing what is best for your child.
Can you show that you have a great relationship with your child?
The courts will base their decision largely on the relationship that you currently have with your child. If it is clear that you have been the child's primary caregiver since very early in their life, the courts will be much more likely to award you custody. You can show the bond that you and your child share by noting activities that you regularly do together. Provide examples of responsibilities you take on, from school event attendance to visiting the doctor or dentist with your child.
It is important that you build a strong case for why you believe you should be awarded sole custody of your child. By taking action early in the process, you will be better equipped to do so.