Sometimes The Best Parent Is Not Always Both Parents

One of the primary issues in a divorce or paternity case is parenting time with children.

Many parents are shocked to learn that although there is NOT a presumption in Florida that both parents have equal time sharing with children (previously called custody), often times in practice courts grant equal time sharing for both parents.

Sometimes courts find that the best parent is not both parents. In determining time-sharing with children, the court looks at the best interest of the child(ren).

Florida Statue 61.13(3)(a)-(t) provides 20 factors a court must consider when determining what is in the best interest of the child(ren) regarding setting parenting time with children. Some of these factors are:

  • Moral fitness of the parent
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Instances of child abuse
  • Stability of the environment at each parents’ home
  • Involvement of the parent in the child’s life

If you have a question about time-sharing with your child(ren) please call Staples, Ellis + Associates, P.A. during office hours at 850-432-4143 or after hours at 850-384-3699, or email our office at

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