Can a father get joint custody in Florida?

Yes, a Florida father is entitled to joint custody of his children. A court can decide to award equal time-sharing to both parents, or can make one parent the primary custodial parent and give the other parent visitation rights, depending on what the court determines is in the best interest of the child. Florida laws go far in protecting the rights of the minor children to have a healthy relationship with both their father and mother. Early custody laws primarily favored the father and then later changed to primarily favoring the mother. The good news for Florida’s fathers and children is that, currently under Florida law, there are no presumptions in favor of either parent with regard to custody and time-sharing rights; both parents stand on equal footing, and a parenting plan is devised solely on the basis of what type of schedule works best for the children.

However, a Florida father must take affirmative action if his rights are to be protected under Florida law. If a Florida father chooses to do nothing to protect his rights to his children and his right to a solid financial future after divorce or separation from the other parent, then the Florida father cannot expect to have any sort of custody or visitation with the child.

If you are a father facing a Miami-Dade child custody dispute and would like to be represented by an experienced Miami child custody attorney, contact the Miami office of Vari & Associates. We will work to make sure your parental rights are not ignored and help you obtain a fair Florida time-sharing schedule.

Consultations are available in Miami and at several meeting locations throughout Dade and Broward Counties including Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, West Country Club Drive in Aventura, Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood and in the Homestead area. Appointments are also available by telephone and via Skype internet video chat. Telephone our office at (305) 222-7351 or send us an email to schedule a consultation. Click here to learn about your consultation options.

When scheduling a consultation, please inform the secretary if there are any pending hearings, deadlines for filing an appeal, or other reason why you may need an immediate appointment. We will do our very best to accommodate your schedule in setting an appointment.


The statements in this section are based on Florida law and have been issued to inform and not advise. The statements are general in nature and individual facts in a given case may alter their application or involve other laws not referred to here.

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