As some of our readers may already know, there are really two types of child custody in Florida. One type, physical custody, concerns where the child will live. The parents may split custody, or one parent may have primary custody, with visitation time reserved for the other parent.
Child custody decisions in Florida are made by the standard that the child’s best interests are paramount. If the child is old enough, the judge may ask him or her where he or she would prefer to live, though that may not be the only evidence considered. Commonly, the choice comes down to one parent or the other having primary custody. But in an unusual case from outside of Florida, the choice was between a father and an unrelated couple trying to fulfill a deceased mother’s wishes.
Sometimes when we read about celebrity divorces or child custody cases the issues can seem worlds away from the ones that average Florida families experience. However, at the heart of every child custody and support dispute is always the priority of serving the best interests of the child and in looking at cases in the news we can see the different ways that can be interpreted. In some cases it leads to creative solutions that are unconventional but help create stability for the children.
A judge ordered two parents to communicate more about whether their children are and who is caring for them, after an emergency child custody hearing was requested by the mother of two young boys.