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Why can't my ex and I have equal time with our child?

Matters of child custody can be difficult for families to work through. When Florida parents cannot agree to custodial arrangements that serve the needs and interests of their kids and fit into their schedules, the courts may intervene to decide where the kids should live.

Information is critical when courts decide child custody matters

Just as Florida parents want what is best for their kids, so, too, do courts want to serve children's best interests when they are asked to make child custody decisions. A child's best interests can only be assessed after many factors are considered, and those factors may relate to the individual needs of the child, as well as the parents' abilities to provide for them. To make an informed custody decision, then, a court must have the best possible information.

What factors will courts examine when making custody decisions?

Often, when Florida parents consider how the court will determine who will receive custody of their children, they may consider the many factors related to their kids that can influence the custodial outcome. These factors can include, but are not limited to, the age of the children, the special or medical needs of the children, the preferences of the children and others. However, courts not only focus on the children in custody cases: they also pay attention to particular factors related to the parents.

Celebrity parents work out highly detailed custody plan

Working around two parents' schedules and the needs of their shared children can be difficult to say the least. As such, Florida families take their time to prepare child custody and parenting plans that serve the kids' best interests while preserving the parents' rights to be involved in the lives of their children. Custody plans can be changed when needed to accomplish the goals of meeting the children's needs and preserving the relationships between parents and kids; recently, a former celebrity couple established a summer custody schedule that is incredibly detailed in its scope.

Introduction to the best interests of the child standard

The best interests of the child is an important standard to be aware of because it drives child custody decisions. What it is, is based on a variety of factors the family law court will consider to determine what is in the best interests of the child when making a child custody decision.

When might a third party be granted custody of a child?

In most family law cases that involve the custody of a child, the parents to that child will be allowed to retain their rights to raise their child in their homes and according to their parenting preferences. Florida parents may be required to share physical and legal custody of their children, but it is generally the case that a child will be placed in the care of at least one of their parents. This determination will be made based on the child's best interests.

Understanding the child custody process

Child custody can be an overwhelming aspect of any divorce which is why it can be helpful for divorcing couples to understand the child custody process and the resources available to help through the family law system. Child custody refers to where the child lives but also to who has the authority to make important decisions for the child. As such, child custody is divided into physical and legal custody.

Can I move with my child if I have custody?

It is no surprise to readers of this Florida family law blog that people in the United States move with frequency. While it is true that some people will stay in the same community for their entire lives, others may move across the country for better jobs, relationships and other personal reasons. Relocation is not unusual, but it can introduce challenges into the lives of families that must work around custody orders and agreements.