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Child custody basics in Florida

Knowing how to develop and enforce a child custody order in Florida is important. Because child custody can sometimes be a tough subject, it is helpful for parents to be familiar with the resources available through the Florida family law system to help them with the different situations they may face related to their child custody arrangement.

It is helpful for parents to know how child custody is determined in their state as well as how different types of custody arrangements and visitation work. That way, parents can determine what child custody arrangement will work best for their family and children. Child custody decisions are always made based on what is in the best interests of the child and divorcing parents should also be familiar with that standard.

When evaluating child custody decisions, the family law court will take into account which parent is more likely to take care of the daily physical, emotional, developmental, education and special needs of the child; which parent is more likely to maintain and loving, stable, consistent and nurturing relationship with the child; and which parent is most likely to encourage and allow frequent and continued contact between the child and the other parent which is typically considered in the best interests of the child.

The court can consider a variety of factors including the child's relationship with siblings, their community and school and if there is any abuse in the home. The family law court will favor a child custody arrangement that includes shared custody unless there is some reason, such as the health safety and welfare of the child, that disfavors joint custody. There are many details associated with child custody arrangements that parents should be familiar with to arrive at the best agreement for their child and family.

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