Florida law places a child's wellbeing above a parent's desires. That is one point that parents must keep in mind when they are going through a child custody case. One reason why that is so important to remember is that you and your ex might decide to truly put the child first and go through mediation to get child custody matters resolved. By doing that, you and your ex are able to think about how various choices will affect your child.
If you can't come up with a parenting agreement, the court will create an agreement for you. In that case, Florida law will be considered when decisions are being made. It also means that someone who doesn't really know your child will make the decisions about how your child is going to be raised.
Some of the factors that the court considers include the moral lifestyle of you and your ex, the ability of each parent to provide for the child, the mental and physical health of each parent and the emotional ties that the child has to each parent. Additionally, the court will consider which parent will be more likely to follow the court's orders regarding raising the child and interaction with the other parent.
We know that all child custody matters are sensitive. That doesn't mean that you and your ex have to go toe-to-toe to decide on these matters. We can help you to learn about creative solutions that can help you to come up with a parenting plan that meets your child's unique needs.