If children are involved in your divorce in Florida you will be concerned about the outcome of your child custody request. The State of Florida has one overriding factor in child custody issues and disputes: What are the best interests for the children? This should also be your main concern. Divorce in Florida is a traumatic experience for children and every effort should be made to reduce the emotional effects they feel. You are getting a divorce from your spouse. Remember you are always a parent to your children.
In 2008 Florida divorce laws pertaining to child custody dramatically changed. The terms of custody, visitation rules, and primary residential parent / secondary residential parent status were replaced by shared parental responsibility, time sharing and parenting plans. The courts were overwhelmed by parents fighting to be the primary residential parent. Florida divorce laws now encourage equal responsibility for every decision made in a child’s life.
For joint child custody in florida to be accepted it must meet the following requirements:
Time spent with the child is very important. Parents must make time for the child after the divorce. Both parents need to make a schedule giving enough time to the child, and properly see to the child’s needs. Courts in Florida make sure both parents take part in all aspects of raising the child. For this reason time is crucial and each party must make this a priority.
Both parents have equal rights when it comes to child custody. With Florida child custody mothers do not have more entitlement to custody because modern dads want to play an active role in raising their children and are no longer content by acting as merely a provider for the child. The joint custody plan must show this by having balanced, shared time for each parent. Florida child custody dictates that both parents must show a firm commitment in raising their child. This is why for any divorce involving a child this is the first option that will be explored and implemented where possible.
Since Florida changed the rules on child custody in 2008 we have had many people asking questions. Our lawyers have thorough experience with these issues and we are glad to help you with any of your problems and questions.
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Trip Bechert is a Family Law Attorney that has been helping families through their difficult times. He offers Divorce in Florida, Child Support and Child Custody, and Mediation services to couple in South Florida.