How does Child Custody work for Unwed Parents?

More and more children are born to unwed parents, and this can create unique issues in seeking custody.  Courts often favor mothers in cases of unwed parents, and generally the default will be to award the mother sole physical custody unless the father takes action.  In cases where the mother is a good parent, a father may have difficulty gaining physical custody; however, he can still expect priority over foster parents, other relatives, or prospective adoptive parents.  As always, the court’s interest is in the health, safety, and welfare of the child, and the court will act accordingly.  If one parent is the primary caretaker, this will be an important factor.  A child’s preference will also be taken into account.  Call Sagaria Law today to learn schedule an initial consultation and learn more.