Fort Myers Child Custody Lawyer
Fighting for Your Parental Rights in a Divorce? Call (239) 970-6844
In Florida, family law courts no longer use the term “custody”,
but prefer to use the term “parental responsibility” in divorce
proceedings. This parental responsibility can be an either sole or shared
arrangement. In a sole parental responsibility case, where just one parent
makes decisions concerning the child, the court will still create a timesharing
arrangement that allows both parents to continue their relationships with
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If you are currently involved in a
divorce, talk to a qualified Fort Myers divorce attorney about your situation. At
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Child Custody Decisions in Florida
In Florida, the judge will prioritize the child's best interests above
all else when making parenting responsibility choices. This can include
factors ranging from the physical health of the parents to the child's
own preference if he or she is old enough. In general, the court wants
the child to be in a nurturing, healthy, committed environment where he
or she can flourish mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Some factors the courts will explore when making decisions about custody include:
- Evidence that the parents can provide a structured routine for the child
- Willingness of each parent to support and encourage a relationship between
the child and the other parent
- Cooperation between parents regarding timesharing, communication about
the child's welfare, and understanding when changes take place
- Ability of each parent to be actively involved in the child's daily
life (e.g., schooling, friendships, medical care, activities, etc.)
- Living conditions at each parent's home
Any history of
domestic violence, child neglect, sexual abuse, or similar crimes
Types of Child Custody in Florida
There are two basic ways that child custody can be arranged in Florida.
If custody is given to one parent, it is considered sole custody. If both
parents share responsibility, it is joint custody. In some cases, one
parent will be awarded legal custody while the other parent receives primary
physical custody. Legal custody allows the parent to make the important
decisions for the child’s life, such as the following:
- Disciplinary methods
The parent with physical custody will have the child live with him or her.
Experienced Fort Myers Custody Lawyer on Your Side
Before your parental responsibility hearing, you should collect as much
information as you can to assist the judge in evaluating all these factors.
You will want to be fair and honest about yourself and the child's
A qualified lawyer can help you gather the right form of supporting evidence
and present it in the best way possible for your own benefit, and for
the wellbeing of your child. Let us advise you throughout your divorce
process so that you have as many options as possible.
Set your case in motion today with a
free case evaluation.
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