Florida's views on child custody

There are many fathers that become extremely concerned when issues of child custody arise in a divorce. This is understandable because of the courts' history of granting sole custodyy to mothers much more often than fathers, but while this concern may be understandable, it is not currently as valid as it once was. Study after study has demonstrated the benefits of having both parents actively involved in a child's upbringing, which has contributed to an increase of joint custody agreements all across the country.

Some fathers may still be skeptical about their custody chances, but Florida has very clear child custody guidelines, and none of them involve favoring mothers. There may be some dispute between who has physical custody of the child (meaning which parent's house the child sleeps in), but there is a concerted effort by the courts to have an equal amount of shared parenting time with children or as close to equal as possible.

Of course the best case child custody scenario would be for you and your ex-spouse to agree on the custody issues. Unfortunately this is not always the case, which is when the courts intervene to do what is in the best interests of the child. When considering what is in the best interests of the child, the courts generally look at which parent is more likely to take care of the child's physical and emotional needs, as well as which parent is more likely to provide a stable and healthy living environment.

Obviously the courts do their best when deciding custody, but they can only make decisions based on the information given to them. If you are a father worried about custody issues, you should know that it is in your power to prove your importance to your child's life before the courts. Enlisting the aid of an attorney can help you showcase your parental involvement in a way that the courts cannot ignore, giving you a strong chance of getting the custody agreement you deserve.

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