In Florida family courts, the guiding rule of law is for judges to make child custody determinations based on what is in the best interest of the child. In the majority of instances, it is presumed that a child’s best interest is to have quality time shared with each parent. There is a difference, however, between being able to spend time with the child and making decisions that impact the child’s wellbeing.
Parental responsibility versus time sharing
Many fathers seeking sole custody want the ability to unilaterally make decisions regarding their children. They also want a say in determining how much time the other parent will have with the child.
Florida family law considers these two separate but connected issues, and the judge’s ruling may be reflective of how those two separate issues are played out in each specific scenario. While completely cutting off the other parent is not allowed, the courts will make decisions that are designed to best protect the child, be that in terms of how family decisions are made or how time is spent with the child.
Possible full custody outcomes for a father
While obtaining sole parental responsibility for either parent in Florida is rare, there are certain instances when more one-sided outcomes may be obtained. For example, these scenarios may warrant a judge to award sole legal custody to the father:
- If the mother suffers from drug or alcohol addiction or abuse
- If there is a history of domestic violence or physical abuse
- If the mother suffers from mental health issues
These and other instances that may put the child at harm may be grounds for more one-sided custody outcomes. Our team at Vasquez de Lara Law Group can help you understand your options for obtaining sole parental responsibility and help you fight to protect what’s in the best interest of your family. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.