By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
In family law in the state of Florida, there is a presumption that parents should equally share in the major decisions concerning the upbringing of their children. This Florida statute is called “shared parental responsibility”. But there are reasons for SOLE parental responsibility, that is where the court orders that only the “better parent” make major decisions regarding the upbringing of a child. The court will do what is in the best interests of the child/ren.
Here is a check list of why courts might order SOLE parental responsibility in the best interests of the child/ren:
1. If one of the parents has a serious mental illness.
2. If one of the parents is far superior parent.
3. If one of the parents is neglectful, totally irresponsible, abusive, or simply has no interest in the child/ren.
4. If one of the parents is a sexual predator, child molester, or otherwise a pervert.
5. If one of the parents is totally unfit to be a parent.
6. If one of the parents is incapacitated.
Parents are expected to administer medicine properly, pick up and drop off children at school timely, monitor children so they stay out of harm’s way, feed and clothe them properly, care about them, pay attention to them, help with their homework, participate in their lives. If a parent will not or cannot perform as a parent should, the other parent should litigate for SOLE PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY in the best interests of the child/ren.
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 http://www.familylawwpb.com for more information.