In the state of Florida, the terms “custody” and “joint custody” are being used less and less. When deciding matters relating to the care of a child, the courts now refer to it as assigning parental responsibility.
Determining whether the assigned responsibility is shared or sole depends upon certain factors, but the general rule of thumb will still be that what the court believes to be in the best interests of the child will take precedence. Florida will not show a preference for the mother over the father and the court will try to allow for equal sharing of child rearing responsibilities between both parties. There are mitigating factors, however, that can impact the amount of responsibility allowed to one parent over another.