Joint Custody by Agreement
by Mike from Miami, Florida, Miami-Dade County
If have a notarized paper signed by me and my son's mother giving me joint custody, can I use that in court?
Answer to Florida Child Custody Question
If this notarized paper is in complete contradiction to a court order, it may not have much value.
However, if there is no court order addressing custody, then that paper may be persuasive in court.
The final decision is up to a judge.
Florida courts have a strong bias towards shared parental responsibility (joint custody).
The courts also prefer that children have positive relationships with both parents, unless there is a compelling reason to not allow one parent to have contact with the child.
The compelling reasons that may prevent a parent from having contact or visitation with a child are circumstances like domestic violence; criminal behavior; and substance abuse.Notice:
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