Child custody and time sharing battles in Florida divorces are always stressful situations for the people involved. Jacksonville divorce lawyers and custody lawyers zealously represent clients who each want something different when it comes to custody or time sharing. The judge hearing the case has to decide what is in the children’s best interest. This is the standard that is always applied. What the parties want, including the children, is not the controlling factor. When the husband and wife are both fit parents and can provide a stable environment for children, difficult decisions have to be made. So what factors will the judge consider in determining child custody and time sharing battles in Florida divorces?
Florida Statutes 61.13(3) lists several factors that judges can consider, but gives judges discretion to consider any facts that the judge deems relevant. Click the link above to view the complete list and the full body of the statute. Florida’s state policy is that each parent is afforded the chance to build a strong relationship with children. The first factor on the list of things the judge is to consider is, “The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship, to honor the time-sharing schedule, and to be reasonable when changes are required.” In view of the State policy and the importance of having both parents actively in children’s lives to help produce healthy, emotionally balanced children, it is no coincidence that this factor is listed first. Other factors include the future division of parental responsibility, the reasonable preference of the children, school and community records of children, moral fitness of parents, and more.
For help with child custody and time sharing issues, contact the Law Office of David M. Goldman, PLLC today at (904) 685-1200. Initial consultations are free. Our experienced Jacksonville divorce lawyers can help you understand your rights as a parent and coach you through a stressful divorce. Our attorneys have years of litigation experience and are prepared to fight for you when needed, but are also skilled in assisting you with uncontested divorces or collaborative divorce. Schedule a consultation today.