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How is child custody determined in Florida?

| Oct 14, 2020 | Child Custody |

This blog recently discussed the understandable concerns many parents facing child custody are likely to have. For that reason, it can be helpful for divorcing parents to understand child custody factors and how they are used to determine child custody and child custody arrangements.

Factors used to determine child custody

A variety of factors are evaluated by the Florida family law court to determine what child custody arrangement would be in the child’s best interests and best meet their needs for a safe and stable home environment. Factors that may be considered include:

  • The home and school history of the child;
  • The mental, physical, and moral statuses of the parents;
  • The permanence of the proposed home;
  • The continuity of the child’s situation;
  • The ability of the parents to provide for the child;
  • The ability of the parents to meet the child’s developmental needs;
  • The love, affection and existing ties between the child and each of its parents;
  • The involvement of each of the parents in the child’s life;
  • If each of the parents will cooperate with the other parent and encourage contact with the other parent;
  • If each of the parents will honor the time-sharing schedule;
  • If each of the parents will offer reasonable accommodations for any changes that need to be made;
  • How parental responsibilities will be divided following the child custody process and if anyone else will perform those duties; and
  • Any history of domestic violence

The goal of any child custody process is the overall well-being of the child. This should be the focus of the child custody process for both the family law court and the parents and is useful for the parents to be familiar with.