Entering in your
divorce, you probably expected that your spouse would want to share
child custody to make both of your lives easier. After all,
family law courts in all states tend to lean towards joint custody to start since
this is usually beneficial for a developing child. But now you have learned
that your spouse does not want to share
parenting time, calling for sole child custody rights on their behalf and leaving you
to nothing more than a visitation schedule. What can you do to challenge
this request and uphold your parental rights to child custody?
Appealing to Better Judgement
The groundwork of your argument for joint custody does not need to be complex.
Keep it focused on the same reasons why the family law court defaults
at a 50-50 child custody plan if no agreement can be made. Refine your
argument and reasoning with a family law attorney to round it out and
strengthen it against any counterpoints your spouse might bring up.
Reasons to argue for shared child custody include:
Happier child: Although it is difficult to empirically scale the happiness of a child,
numerous psychological studies and family psychiatrist reviews have shown
that a child’s personality and mindset develops better when raised
by both parents, divorced or not. Completely shutting away one parent
tends to make a child
alienate that parent and increase their frustrations.
Lighter expenses: Even with a fair
child support payment plan established, it is generally more difficult on both parents’ pocketbooks
to bear the financial burden of raising a child when sole custody is decided.
Joint custody makes it simpler to split the usual costs in most cases,
and it does not disqualify the parent who makes less income from receiving
Easier schedules: Everyone needs some time to save for themselves and personal projects.
A parent with sole child custody will discover that “me time”
is all but extinct. Through a joint custody decision, neither parent is
completely bogged down and “on-call” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We are Here to Support You
R. Gregory Colvin LLC has made a reputation throughout Florida as being
a kind, compassionate place where families can settle disputes and look
towards a better future. Our Orlando family law attorney has more than
25 years of legal experience and offers weekend appointments for your
Contact us online or call
407.603.3460 to speak with our team.