No two children, and no two families, are the same. Florida courts do their best to create uniform rules and guidelines that they can consistently apply to make decisions on child custody cases. However, the different temperaments, attitudes and needs of children and their families require courts to maintain a high degree flexibility when it comes to deciding a particular child custody matter.
When making a child custody decision, one thing that parents and courts will consider relates to the ability of a child to adapt to the many changes that will be part and parcel to a divorce. Some children, for example, might struggle to adjust to alterations in their living schedule and family situation. Also, in the case of a 50-50 child custody plan, the child could have a difficult time moving from one parent’s home to the other parent’s home either multiple times a week, every other week or however the parenting plan was organized.
For children who have a difficult time coping with a lot of change, parents might want to consider different parenting plans that offer a child a more stabilized home environment. Parents might even need to consider allowing their child to live at just one home as the primary residence while visiting with the other parent — perhaps one or two days each week. Alternatively, parents might choose a parenting schedule that involves fewer exchanges, and gives the child the opportunity to spend longer breadths of time with both parents between exchanges.
With the assistance of a child custody attorney who has helped organize numerous Florida parenting plans — and perhaps with the aid of a child psychologist or child therapist — divorcing parents can find a workable parenting solution that fits the needs of all parties involved.
Source: CustodyXChange, “Factors to Consider When Creating a Schedule,” accessed Aug. 18, 2017