Divorcing, as well as unmarried parents, in the state of Florida typically establish child custody agreements, which stipulate who will have primary care and control of their children. While parents are generally encouraged to reach such agreements amongst themselves, there are state laws in place that give family law courts the authority to decide custody arrangements if they cannot. In order to make such decisions, there are a number of factors that judges are legally required to take into consideration.
Under Florida’s state statutes, judges are generally guided to establish time-sharing agreements, versus traditional sole or joint child custody awards. Typically, these types of agreements will specify one parent as having physical custody. The other parent, then, often has significant visitation with the child. Through time-sharing arrangements, both parents may have the opportunity to build and maintain a relationship with their child.