Should Children Be Split Up in Divorce?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Generally speaking, judges in Palm Beach County do not like to split up siblings by giving one child to one parent and the other child to the other parent in terms of custody arrangements.  As a matter of fact, the word “custody” is replaced now by “time sharing”.   But it is a well accepted principal of law that where ever the children go, the child support goes.  So parents usually end up fighting about time sharing and child support payments.

The best interests of the child is the standard the court will use to determine time sharing.  If a specific case warrants that the children be split up, the judge has the discretion to direct that in a court order.  For example, a 16 year old son may live with his father while the 3 year old daughter stays with the mother.   Because each case is different and is resolved on a case by case basis, it is impossible to predict time sharing, unless the mother and father agree with each other in mediation, and before getting into court.   For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561-835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at


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