Child Custody, called Timesharing in the State of Florida, can be very emotional. It is the most difficult issue when parents go through a divorce. Bitter arguments occur, many times with the children becoming innocent bystanders.
At Parra Harris Law we are experienced in Child Custody and Timesharing, and we know what you are going through. Whether you are seeking sole custody, joint custody, Grandparent’s rights, modification to custody/timesharing. Whether you are seeking sole or shared parental responsibility (sole or joint custody), our goal is to help you through what will probably be the most difficult period in your life. At Parra Harris Law we will fight for your rights and the rights of your children.
The court will determine custody with the best interests of the child and in accordance with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. The law requires that the court use the “best interest of the child” standard when determining custody. The court will ensure that each minor child has frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents separate or the marriage of the parties is dissolved and to encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities, and joys, of child rearing. After considering all the relevant facts, the father of the child is given the same consideration as the mother in determining the primary residence of a child regardless of the age or sex of the child. (Florida Statutes – Chapters: 61.13).
There are many different factors that go into the determination of custody. A few of the most important factors include:
- Consideration of which parent will allow open and frequent access to the child
- The current primary caregiver
- Physical, mental and moral fitness of parents
- Keeping brothers and sisters together
- The child’s relationship with the parents
- In certain cases, the wishes of the children
- History of any domestic violence
Some factors are more important than others, but there is no one factor that is controlling. It is important to realize that there is no set method to determine custody. Because of this, it is critical that you have an attorney that is familiar and experienced with custody cases working on your behalf.