The love of a parent knows no bounds. The average Florida mother or father would go to the ends of the earth to preserve the right to spend time with, care for and live with his or her children. This is why child custody disputes can be so heart-wrenching and stressful -- no one wants to face the possibility of losing contact with his or her child.
Understanding the law -- and how a judge will likely decide their cases -- can help keep parents calm and realistic during a dispute like this. To this end, let's take a look at two example child custody dilemmas:
A mother feels it's her right as a mother to have full custody of her kids: While it's true that national legal statistics show that mothers receive full custody awards more frequently than men, this is largely a reflection of the fact that mothers tend to be the primary caretakers of their children. However, when it's clear that a father spent just as much time taking care of the daily needs of his children, then there's a much higher chance that a 50-50 custody award will be made.
You and the other parent live far away from each other, and the other parent wants shared custody: When parents live prohibitively far from one another, there's a good chance that the court will award full custody to one parent and visitation arrangements to the other.
Parents can become righteous and unrealistic when it comes to their children. Logic, reason and the reality of the law are often thrown completely out the window when a child custody dispute turns heated and emotional. However, if parents can keep their eyes on how a Florida judge will decide their cases, they'll have a better chance of reaching a reasonable out-of-court settlement relating to a child custody disagreement.