In Florida What Are Grounds For Sole Custody and Parental Responsibility

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by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If you move out of the state of Florida with a minor child, without permission of the other parent or without a court order allowing the move in the best interests of the child, you could suffer a loss of parental rights.   If you intentionally with hold time sharing from the other parent with vindictiveness and without good legal reason, you could lose parental rights.  If you harm the child physically, are an unfit parent, or neglect the child, you could lose parental rights.  If you have mental health issues or a history of repeated domestic violence, or drug habit, you could lose parental rights.

There are degrees of loss of parental rights.  In most cases, parents share in major decisionmaking in the upbringing of the child.  This includes schooling, religious training, extra curricular activities.  But where a parent is vindictive towards…

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