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Florida child custody laws are a difficult for all clients. While the presumption in Florida is 50/50 time-sharing, every case is unique. A family law attorney is your best tool to navigate this difficult and complex process.
DIVORCE AND CHILD CUSTODY:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Child custody, is a term defining the legal and practical arrangements of a parent-child relationship. In a divorce proceeding, the issue of child custody will lead to decisions as to which parent is responsible for the child, as well as what are the responsibilities and privileges of the other parent. This will also determine with which parent the child will reside with and how often and what the conditions are for the other parent to will exercise his or her time-sharing rights.
The most mistaken public perception of child custody is that it takes the form of sole custody of the child. There are other forms of child custody, including:
• Alternating: the children alternately live with one parent at a time, during which the parent will have sole authority over the child.
• Shared: the children alternately live with one parent at a time, but the parents share authority over the child.
• Joint: both parents will have physical custody and legal authority of the child.
• Sole: one parent has physical custody and legal authority of the child.
• Split: one parent gets full custody over some of the children and the other parent gets full custody of the others.
• Third party custody: someone other than the parents have custody of the children.