An individual facing divorce proceedings may have questions about how to handle parenting with the soon-to-be ex. During this time, emotions run high, and it can be a challenge to make decisions about how to move forward. For many, a shared child custody plan will be a solution that is both in the child's best interest, and this notion is supported by evidence. In Florida, many parents choose shared custody after a divorce.
Research shows that children tend to perform better and have better outcomes when they are able to have a healthy relationship with both parents. This is why many judges and state laws are moving toward joint custody as the primary option when two parents separate. There are exceptions to this approach, such as in cases of abuse or neglect, or when there is no prior relationship with the parent. In those circumstances, a sole custody solution may make the most sense.