Family law conflict can make child custody matters difficult

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Child Custody on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

Going through a child custody battle isn’t an easy experience for anyone. When the case isn’t one that is cut and dry, things can get even more difficult. We understand that you only want what you feel is best for your child. In Florida, the court system wants to do what is in the best interests of the child. If you are going through a custody battle, there are some points you should consider.

One big issue that is considered in Florida is child support. Both your income and the other parent’s income are considered, as well as the amount of time the child will spend with each parent, to determine who pays child support. The state has a formula that is used to determine the amount of child support payments, but if there are extraordinary factors, the amount might differ. This would be the case if the child has special needs or if a parent is going through a difficult time.

In Florida, parent-child relationships are usually preserved. That means that unless one parent does something that would endanger the child or abandons the child, the court isn’t likely going to keep a parent away from the child.

If you and your ex are able to work together, it is possible for the two of you to come up with a parenting plan. This would include parenting time arrangements. That parenting plan would then be presented to the court for approval. If you can’t do that, you and your ex would have to rely on the court to decide what happens. In either case, it is vital that you put the child’s needs first.