The process for obtaining full custody of a child, also known as sole custody, will depend on the laws of your state and the specific circumstances of your case. In general, the court will consider the best interests of the child when determining custody arrangements. The court will consider factors such as the child’s age, their relationships with each parent and other family members, the child’s emotional and physical needs, and the child’s preferences (if they are old enough to express them).
To increase your chances of obtaining full custody, you will need to provide evidence that you are the better parent to care for the child. This might include evidence of your strong bond with the child, your ability to provide a stable and safe home environment, and your willingness to cooperate with the other parent. It is generally in the child’s best interests to have a relationship with both parents, so the court may award joint custody (shared decision-making responsibility) instead of sole custody.
It is important to note that custody disputes can be emotionally challenging for everyone involved, including the child. It may be helpful to seek the advice of a family lawyer or a mental health professional to help you navigate the process and minimize any negative impact on the child.