WHAT DETERMINES PARENTING TIME?
During divorce proceedings, matters involving parenting time and child custody are usually the most difficult issues to resolve. However, with an experienced attorney assisting you during the process, it doesn't have to be.
When it comes to time-sharing (often referred to in lay terms as child custody), Florida courts are required to implement visitation arrangements that are in the best interest of the children involved. Florida courts determine child custody based on the best interest 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.
FACTORS FLORIDA COURTS CONSIDER
To establish a time-sharing arrangement, courts will look at various factors, set out in Section 61.13 (3) (a-t), Florida Statutes, that include, among others, the following:
Physical and emotional health of each parent;
The ability and availability of each parent to participate in and provide for the child's needs;
The age of the child and family history regarding nurturing/care-giving for the child; and
Home environments involving violence, abuse or neglect.
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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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