Peeler Law Firm, PLLC

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child custody



Florida courts determine child custody based on the best interests of the child without regard to the sex of the parent or the child. The court will order the parents to share parenting responsibilities unless shared responsibility would be detrimental to the child.

In making its determination, the court will evaluate several factors. These factors include which parent is more likely to allow frequent contact with the other parent, the emotional ties between each parent and the child, the parent's ability to provide the child with material needs, and the child's adjustment to home, school and community. The judge will then make orders regarding the child's primary residence and visitation schedule with the other parent.

To modify a custody order, parents must show that there has been a substantial change in circumstances and that it would be in the child's best interest to change the custody plan.


When it comes to time-sharing (often referred to as child custody), Florida courts will prefer custody and visitation arrangements that are in the best interests of the children involved, arrangements that are preferably shared equally between the parents. This is also referred to as joint custody.

To establish a time-sharing arrangement, courts will look at various factors that include:


  • Physical and emotional health of each parent

  • The ability of each parent to participate in the child's needs including school and extracurricular activities

  • A history of an environment involving violence, abuse or neglect


A parent can petition the court for a child custody modification if there is a substantial change in circumstances. Parent relocation is a common example. A parent who moves out of state, for instance, may need to modify a current arrangement. However, there are strict requirements that must be met before a court will grant the request. First and foremost: the move must be in the best interests of the children involved. Learn more about child custody modification here. 


If you or a loved one have questions about child custody or are looking for greater guidance on it, contact our firm to schedule a free consultation. Stan Peeler has assisted individuals for over 35 years with family law matters, tailoring solutions based on their individual circumstances.


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