According to research, it may just be.
Florida Today reported that Florida may be one of the best states for dads who are divorcing or are already divorced and want to have shared custody of their kids. Now, although this custody agreement is one that all states recognize and is a potential option for separating parents, not always will a father be granted shared custody of their children. The truth is, many states will award a mother with sole custody, even when a father is capable of taking on the responsibility while other states encourage both parents to spend equal amounts of time with their kids. And apparently, Florida is one of those states.
Based on research from Custody X Change, which is a software company that specializes in custody scheduling, a child custody battle all comes down to location. The study highlights “that fathers in Florida are more likely to get 50/50 custody of their children compared to other states.” Some of the other states that rank highly like Florida for divorcing fathers include Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The source says that these states tend to give fathers 50 percent custody.
It was also pointed out that the study is “based upon judicial standards and a survey of legal professionals about the schedules they most often see and include only cases where both parents wanted custody and no extenuating circumstances existed.”
Which states are less likely to award a father with 50/50 custody?
While the study identified some of the best states for divorcing dads who want shared custody of their kids, it also highlighted some of the worst. Those include Tennessee, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Illinois, and Georgia. In Tennessee, it is estimated that children spend “less than 22 percent of their time with their fathers annually.” Although the court system has evolved over time, David Henry, who is the leader of the Brevard County Fathers’ Rights Movement told the source, “I can confidently say fathers are predominately discriminated against in the Family and Dependency (DCF Department of Children and Families/ GAL Guardian ad Litem) Court systems.”
If you are going through a child custody battle and want to increase your chances of obtaining shared or sole custody of your child, you will want to hire a Cape Coral, FL family law attorney to represent you throughout the duration of your case.
Although states like Florida work to ensure the child’s best interests are met and that both parents are actively involved in their life, there are still other states that make it more difficult for fathers to obtain the amount of custody they feel they deserve. Now although the research does claim that fathers have a higher chance of obtaining shared custody over their children in the state of Florida, that doesn’t mean they should forgo their chance of hiring a Cape Coral family law attorney to represent them in their case. The fact is, you always stand a better chance at obtaining an outcome that is in your favor when you are represented by a dedicated and experienced FL family law lawyer. So, if you live in Cape Coral or another city in Lee County, it would be in your best interest to connect with family law attorney Michael M. Raheb if you are wanting to receive shared custody or even sole custody of your child.
To get your initial consultation scheduled, visit or call The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. today at:
1222 47thStreet, Suite 411
Cape Coral, FL 33904