In Florida, as in other states, courts make decisions about child custody with the primary aim of ensuring the best interests of the child are met in any given arrangement. In Florida, the public policy is that minor children continue to have frequent and continuing contact with both parents after divorce, and courts will order shared parental responsibility unless it can be shown that doing so would be detrimental to the child.
In cases where shared parental responsibility would be detrimental, courts may order sole parental responsibility. One important aspect of Florida law, though, is that shared parental responsibility can be tailored to the needs of each family. Courts may divide responsibilities among parents and give one parent ultimate responsibility for certain areas of the child’s care, such as education or health care.