Child custody expectations in Florida

You are probably aware that there are differences between federal laws and state laws, and when it comes to most family law matters, state laws tend to have a much bigger impact than federal laws. In most issues, including child custody, the state laws have a great deal more to do with how the courts will address certain matters. As a result, if you are going through a divorce in Florida, or if you feel that you might soon go through a divorce in Florida, it behooves you to learn what you can about family law in Florida.

When it comes to child custody, Florida law is very clear about what courts are expected to do. In nearly every circumstance, courts will attempt to do what is in the best interests of the child, but Florida law has particular guidelines that establish how the best interests of the child should be interpreted. For example, Florida law establishes that, in most instances, the involvement of both parents is best for the child. However, if it can be proven that one parent's involvement is bad for the child that parent may not receive custody or visitation.

Florida law also offers courts the opportunity to order rotating custody, and depending on the circumstances, the courts may grant one party the right to make decision's regarding the child's welfare even if joint custody is awarded.

When it comes to child custody, the stakes simply could not be higher. In many ways, the entire future of an innocent child is on the table, and it rests in the hands of the decisions that the courts make when awarding custody. Because no two cases are alike, the general guidelines are not the final word, and you can always receive a different custody agreement depending on the circumstances. That is why you should consider meeting with an attorney who can help you build a stronger case to be awarded the custody you deserve.

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