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There is currently no presumption in favor of equal physical custody, or time sharing, between divorced parents in Florida. Under state law, all parenting and time-sharing issues are based on what the court believes to be in the best interests of the child. While a judge will assess every situation individually, Florida courts favor frequent and continuing contact with both parents and encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities of parenting after a divorce.
In determining the best interest of the child in making a custody decision, a judge must consider 20 factors under Florida law that put the welfare and interests of the child first. Those factors include:
Equal time sharing is not a given in Florida. A judge will look at the facts, consider how the above factors apply, and then decide what time-sharing situation is in the best interest of the child.
If you have minor children and you’re in the midst of a divorce in Florida, an experienced Florida divorce attorney can explain your options for custody and represent your rights while protecting your children’s welfare. The Law Offices of Lawrence S. Katz, P.A. offers the experienced representation clients deserve. Call us at 305-670-8656 or contact us online to arrange a consultation at our Miami office.
For many years, Lawrence S. Katz has helped clients in Florida, throughout the United States and abroad. He has earned an excellent worldwide reputation for providing knowledgeable, quality representation in family law matters.