Child custody in the Sunshine State

Marriage is a wonderful thing that brings happiness to many people, but unfortunately not all marriages have a happy ending. For one reason or another, a once happy couple may begin to drift apart and realize that they are no longer right for each other. While attempting to work out your differences is certainly an option, for some people, divorcing and finding love somewhere else is the only way to find happiness. However, if a couple has children together, divorce proceedings can be complicated.

The laws for divorce vary by state, and depending on the state in which you will reside, issues such as child support or child custody may be different. The good news is that while the laws may vary by state, each state is very clear in its laws and expectations regarding child custody and other such issues. This means that once you have an understanding of a state's laws, you will be able to form a reasonable expectation for your custody case.

If you live in Florida, you may be interested to know that joint custody is an option, and the wishes of the child may be considered when making a custody arrangement. Florida is a very popular state to retire in, and thus grandparent visitation rights are recognized and considered when making custody arrangements.

Like many other states, while there are certain laws and statutes for child custody in Florida, generally speaking courts will do what is in the best interests of the child. This means that if one parent can spend significantly more time with a child or provide the child with a significantly better life, then that parent will likely receive a better custody arrangement. Consulting with an attorney can help you make a stronger case for your custodial rights.

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