How to Fight for Joint Custody in Florida

How to Fight for Joint Custody in Florida

Posted By R. Gregory Colvin LLC || 17-Oct-2016

If you want to spend time with your children after your divorce finalizes, you need to start thinking about child custody. Since many parents in the heat of a contested divorce can only see the flaws of their spouses and not all the things that brought them together in the first place, it is not uncommon for one of both parents to want sole custody of their children. The best or only solution might be to use joint custody, but even this might not come without a fight.

What Makes You Great

If you want to have physical custody of your children, even if it is just on weekends, and joint legal custody, which is the right to make decisions for the kids, you might have to take some time to show the court why you’re a good parent. Have you maintained gainful employment for several years? Do you have no criminal record? Is your home close to their school? All of these things and more are useful when you want joint custody.

With that said, you might not want to go out of your way to show the negative qualities of your ex-spouse. Yes, they probably have some, but unless your children’s wellbeing is jeopardized, the court might not need to know. In fact, if you want joint custody to keep some of your own schedule open, attacking the reputation of your ex might backfire and reward you sole custody instead.

Does It Help Your Children?

When it comes to making decisions, the court is continually looking towards the children to see how one choice or another will impact them. If you can show that joint custody will benefit the children more than one parent getting sole custody, you will be close to being in the clear. This is exactly the type of situation the court wants to see.

Courts already have a strong predisposition towards joint custody as it is. There is a widespread and understandable presumption among family courts that a child will, in most cases, benefit from being with both parents, rather than only or mostly one.

For more information about divorce and joint child custody, R. Gregory Colvin LLC can be of assistance to you. Our Orlando family law attorneys have 25+ years of legal experience and a penchant for working towards agreements in divorce, rather than encouraging disharmony. Call 407.603.3460 today to get more useful information in a free consultation.

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