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Child Custody Frequently Asked Questions

Making the best decision for the child’s welfare is vital. These frequently asked questions can help you learn more about child custody.

How is child custody determined?

Child custody is always determined based on the best interests of the child. It includes various factors, such as:

  • The child’s age and (possibly) their preferences
  • The physical and emotional health of all parties
  • Each parent’s ability to provide a supportive environment

The courts also consider the child’s relationship with each parent and the child’s ties to their community, including school and social connections.

Does my child have a say in who gets custody?

In Florida, the courts can consider a child’s preference in custody decisions, but it is not the only determining factor. The court will evaluate the child’s age, maturity and the reasons behind their preference.

Generally, older children who can articulate a reasonable and independent preference may have their wishes given more weight.

How do child custody and child support affect each other?

Child custody and child support are interconnected but separate issues. Custody arrangements can influence the amount of child support. The parent with primary physical custody may receive support payments from the nonresidential parent to contribute to the child’s living expenses.

However, both parents remain financially responsible for their child, and support calculations consider both parents’ incomes, the child’s needs and the custody arrangement.

What are the most common custody arrangements?

The most common physical custody arrangements include:

  • Joint custody: Both parents share decision-making responsibilities and physical custody.
  • Sole custody: One parent has primary decision-making authority and physical custody.

Legal custody, which is the right to make major decisions for the child, including their medical care, schooling and religion, is usually shared.

Discuss Your Child’s Future With Stuart N. House, P.A.

Navigating child custody matters can be one of the most emotionally taxing and challenging aspects of divorce or separation. Serving clients in Fort Lauderdale, Lighthouse Point, Coral Springs and Parkland, Stuart N. House, P.A., is here for you. Call 754-732-7482 or contact the firm online today to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.