In Florida, child custody, which is also known as time-sharing, refers to a parent’s visitation time with the child. It is common in Florida for parents to be given almost equal time with their children unless a judge believes that does not serve the children’s best interests.
Below are some of the factors a judge will examine when determining a child custody arrangement for your family:
- The ability of each parent to willingly support one another’s relationship with the children.
- The moral fitness of each parent.
- The mental and physical health of each parent.
- The ability of each parent to meet the needs of the children.
- Evidence of domestic violence or neglect.
- The preference of the children (if they are mature enough).
- The ability of each parent to provide a stable and safe environment for the children.
- The developmental age, abilities, and needs of the children.
- Any other factors a judge may deem relevant to this decision.
If you are seeking custody of your children, it is crucial to be willing to communicate and cooperate with your co-parent. If you appear hostile or unwilling to work with your co-parent, this can harm your ability to obtain a favorable arrangement.