If you face a divorce in Florida, you and your spouse must arrange to share custody of minor children. You can create a child custody agreement independently, with the help of a mediator or in court.
Review the factors that judges use to determine whether a child custody agreement serves the child’s best interests and order custody when parents cannot agree.
Sometimes called physical custody, parenting time describes the amount of time each of you spends with your child. In a time-sharing arrangement, you would have approximately equal parenting time. Sometimes, one parent has majority time-sharing while the other has visitation rights.
Florida preserves the rights of parents to maintain a relationship with children after divorce. However, the judge may limit visitation if you or your spouse has a history of child abuse, abandonment, neglect or domestic violence.
When creating and approving custody arrangements, Florida judges must serve the child’s best interests. Factors in the best interest determination include:
If you submit a parenting plan to the court for approval, it should include comprehensive details about how you plan to share time and make decisions.