Florida no longer uses “custody” when regarding this legal matter. Rather, they use the word “time sharing” to refer to the time both parents will be sharing with their child. All in all, timesharing concerns the best interest of the child.
Typically, the best interests of the child include, but are not limited to:
- The amount of time the child has lived in a stable environment
- The location of the individual parent’s homes
- The parents’ morality and parenting structure
- The mental and physical health of both parents
- Each parent’s ability to provide a consistent routine
- The communication between the parents
- The attentiveness to the child’s everyday life
- Any substance abuse by either parent
- Any knowledge of domestic violence or abuse within the household
- Being able to meet the child’s needs during important developmental stages
If there is enough evidence proving that shared parental responsibility would endanger the child in any physical, emotional, or psychological level, then the court will grant sole parental responsibility to one parent over another. However, Florida courts do not have preference over the mother or the father taking parental responsibility of their child. If the court sees them both to be fitting parents, equal, shared parental responsibility will be granted.