There are two forms of custody in Florida. The first form is called Shared Parental Responsibility. Shared Parental Responsibility means that each parent will have an equal say in the major decisions for the minor children. The major decisions in Florida consist of Health, Education, and Religious up bringing of the minor children.
The other form of custody is called physical custody of the minor children. The parent that the children live with on a weekly basis is called the “Primary Residential Parent” in Florida. The Primary Residential Parent is also commonly known as the custodial parent and takes care of the child on a daily basis. In Florida, the other parent commonly known as the non-custodial parent will be granted liberal and frequent visitation rights, which typically includes alternate weekends, alternate holidays, and sharing the children’s summer vacation.
According to the law in Florida, the best interest of the child is the dominating factor when determining which parent is designated as the primary residential parent. There are many factors to consider when the Court determines which parent should be as the primarily residential parent under Florida Statute. If you would like to inquire further, please contact one of the experienced attorneys at the Law Office of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. and we will offer you a free consultation on all family law matters.