Florida’s child custody laws are in-line with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, as per the U.S. Department of Justice. This act limits and prevents parents seeking to remove their child from another parent’s presence from interstate child kidnapping – especially without going through the legal custody process meant to evaluate parental responsibility. Otherwise, Florida child custody laws are like those in many other states – the state of Florida does not favor one parent over the other based on gender. The courts prefer shared or joint custody, and processes exist for parents to seek mediation. If needed, there are also procedures in place to determine which parent gets sole custody, and who gets visitation rights (and of what nature) – judges make these decisions.
Child Custody in Florida is either physical (living space) or legal (decision-making). In many cases of sole custody, the parent with custodial rights controls both physical and legal custody over their child. Grandparents do have visitation rights in Florida, so long as they do not hinder or obstruct a parent’s rights. The child’s own wishes also carry weight, depending on the maturity of the child and the strength of their argument in the eyes of a family court judge.