Florida couple loses custody after leaving child unattended

Courts consider many different factors when determining the custody of a child, and it may surprise you to learn just what types of behavior can affect your chances at remaining involved in your child's life. If it can be proven that you were neglectful of your child or even that you did not actively participate in their lives as much as you could have, then you may not get as much parenting time as you deserve. You may not get any parenting time at all.

Recently in south Florida, a couple was arrested after leaving their baby unattended on the sidewalk. According to official reports, the couple brought their three-month-old child into a bar with them, and the bar's manager informed them that the baby was not allowed inside the bar. The couple then decided to leave the baby on the sidewalk, and check on it periodically in between shots. The couple are currently facing child neglect charges, and the baby is in the care of the Department of Children and Families as suitable custodial parents are found.

This is an extreme example of the type of behavior that can seriously affect your chances at getting equal custody of your child in the event of a divorce. If you are divorcing from a person who has a spotless record of child care, and they provide evidence that you abandoned such a young baby for any period of time to consume alcohol, then that person will likely receive primary care of the child. You may not even be welcome in the child's life.

It is for this reason that individuals who are going through a divorce are encouraged to consult with an attorney if there are children involved. Custody is an important issue for nearly all parents, and enlisting the aid of an attorney can help you prove that you deserve to be involved in your child's life.

Source: Palm Beach Post, "Police: South Fla. couple leave child on sidewalk to drink in bar," Zach Dennis, Aug. 27, 2015

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