Sole vs. shared custody

Florida's current laws on child custody matters in a divorce state both parents should share. Generally, this 50/50 split allows for each parent to continue providing regular emotional support and to exercise their standard parental rights and duties despite dissolution of the marriage.

Florida court's treat both parties equally when determining time sharing no matter the age or gender of the child. Each parent retains their full parental rights, which means the parties will need to be able to make decisions together about education, medical and standard child-rearing or disciplinary issues. 

Additionally, a parenting plan will be put into place outlining which parent is on duty, taking each parent's work schedule into consideration and can even detail how certain issues will be handled. A parenting plan will also detail which technology is used, if any, to communicate with the other parent or for parent-child communication. If the parties agree, they can submit their plan to the court for approval; otherwise, the court will devise one.

While rare, the court can award sole custody to one parent. Sole custody is when time and responsibility is not 50/50 between both parents and one is responsible for a majority of the child-rearing. The court will look to the best interests of the child when making this determination.

If you are worried about custody issues, contacting an attorney who will represent your interests, aggressively if need be, to discuss your options will be beneficial to obtain the best outcome that fits the needs of you and your children.

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