As a parent going through a divorce or separation, one of the most important decisions you'll make is determining child custody. In Florida, the court aims to make decisions that are in the best interest of the child, which means that both parents will have the opportunity to present their case for custody. However, getting sole custody in Florida can be challenging, and there are several factors that can affect the outcome of your case.
Here are some of the factors that the court will consider when determining sole custody:
1. The Child's Best Interests
The primary consideration for the court when determining custody is the best interests of the child. This means that the court will consider factors such as the child's physical, emotional, and developmental needs, as well as the ability of each parent to meet those needs.
2. Parenting Plan
The court will also consider the parenting plan presented by each parent. A parenting plan outlines how the parents will share responsibility for the child, including time-sharing, decision-making, and communication. The court will look for a plan that is in the best interests of the child and that promotes a healthy relationship between the child and both parents.
3. Domestic Violence
If there is evidence of domestic violence, the court will take this into consideration when determining custody. The safety and well-being of the child are of utmost importance, and the court will not grant custody to a parent who poses a risk to the child.
4. Parental Fitness
The court will also consider the fitness of each parent to care for the child. This includes factors such as the parent's mental and physical health, their ability to provide for the child's basic needs, and their history of involvement in the child's life.
5. Child's Preference
If the child is old enough, the court may consider their preference when determining custody. However, this is not the only factor that the court will consider, and the child's preference may not be the deciding factor.
How an Attorney Can Help
Getting sole custody in Florida can be difficult, but it's not impossible. The court will consider several factors when making their decision, and it's important to present a strong case that demonstrates your ability to provide for the child's best interests. If you're facing a custody battle, it's important to work with an experienced family law attorney who can help you navigate the legal system and fight for your rights as a parent.
At The Law Offices Of Yeazell And Sweet, we have years of experience helping parents navigate the complexities of child custody cases. We understand the emotional toll that these cases can take, and we're committed to helping our clients achieve the best possible outcome for themselves and their children. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you.