In Florida, child custody is established based on Florida statutes that define both the requirements of parenting children, and the limits of the court’s power.
- Florida’s Public Policy Regarding Child Custody
In the state of Florida, public policy includes making certain that each minor child “has frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents separate or the marriage of the parties is dissolved.” Additionally, Florida “encourages parents to share the rights and responsibilities and joys of childrearing.”
- Courts Favor Shared Parental Responsibility
Courts favor shared responsibility of minor children unless such an approach would be detrimental to their well-being. Even though responsibility of a child is shared by both parents, the court may order one parent to bear the ultimate responsibility over certain aspects of that child’s welfare. Additionally, the court can choose to divide the responsibilities for the child’s welfare between each parent, based on the child’s best interests. Common areas of responsibility for raising the child include: