Can a parent deny joint custody?
Also, if one parent has substance abuse or mental health issues that would prevent the parent from providing proper care for the child, shared physical custody might be denied. Most psychological experts and law professionals prefer joint custody as it results in a much better outcome for the child.
What age can a child pick which parent to live with in Florida?
A child cannot choose which parent they want to live until they are 18-years-old. As they get older, however, their opinion can have a greater weight with the court. Ultimately, it is going to be the opinion of the court and what is in the best interest of the child.
Who has legal custody of a child when the parents are not married in Florida?
In Florida an unmarried father has no legal rights to custody or timesharing until paternity is established. Until paternity is legally established with the courts, the mother has sole, legal and physical custody of the child or children.