James R. Schaffer, P.A.

Factors that influence child custody determinations in Florida

| Jul 25, 2018 | Divorce |

Couples who have children and who decide to end their marriages have the difficult task of finding ways to ease the transition of divorce upon their kids. One of the biggest issues that children of divorce must face is finding stability once their parents separate their single household into two. It is important to understand how child custody is addressed in Florida courts and what factors courts look at to decide where and how kids should live.

Like other jurisdictions, Florida relies heavily on the best interests of the child when making decisions that impact their welfare. That means that a child’s needs and interests should be prioritized when decisions are made about where they will live and who should care for them. Courts seek information about children through a variety of inquiries related to their individual requirements and their parents’ capacities to provide for them.

For example, a court may assess how disruptive it would be for a child to move in with a parent who lives outside of the child’s school district. A court may evaluate the impact of separating a child from their siblings for the sake of meeting their custodial interests and needs. A court may extensively interview the child’s parents to learn more about their relationships and the abilities of the parents to be available to their child in loving and supportive ways.

These are only a handful of the many factors courts must analyze before signing off on a child custody agreement or promulgating their own child custody order. Parents who are going through a divorce should discuss their custody concerns with their family law attorneys for better information on their case-specific needs.