Under Florida law, child custody is decided by the courts based on the best interests of the child under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, a national set of laws governing child custody throughout the country. Child custody includes both legal and physical custody. Parents with legal custody of their child are allowed to make decisions regarding education, religion, medical care, and discipline. Physical custody involves the actual location where the child will reside.
Child custody may be either shared or sole custody. The Florida courts have a strong preference for shared custody arrangements, now known as “time-sharing,” unless there is evidence to suggest that shared custody would not be in the best interests of the child.