Usually, this will also state that the other parent has a right to see their child and spend time with them. Only in exceptional circumstances would the court not give some kind of contact to the other parent.
It is usual for courts to make orders that children live with their mothers. This is not because the mother has any more rights than the father – usually both the mother and the father have parental responsibility – but because the mother has generally been the one who has acted as the primary carer for the children. However, there have been a large number of cases where fathers have obtained orders for children to live with them.
When the court is considering where the child should live they will always put the child’s welfare and needs first. It’s worth noting that even if your spouse gets sole residence of your child you will still have parental responsibility (if you already had it) and will have a say in how your child is brought up.
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