Your Children And The Best Interest Standard

Tampa FL custody lawyer Damien McKinney explains how the best interest standard influences decisions about your children.

Tampa FL custody lawyer Damien McKinney helps clients understand Florida’s best interest standard as it relates to child custody, visitation, and other decisions. We know you want the best for your children. The McKinney Law Group creates parenting plans that help you prove it.

During or after your divorce, family law in Florida bases decisions about your children around the standard of best interest. This means that the most important factor in custody, time-sharing, and other outcomes is what is best for your children.

Of course this is different for every family. It can even be different for each child in a family. Contact Tampa FL custody lawyer Damien McKinney to create a parenting plan that satisfies the best interest standard in Florida.

How Custody Works Now

In Florida, a finalized divorce includes a parenting plan. This plan streamlines what may have been multiple issues in the past by treating everything related to your children as holistic, and significant enough to deserve its own unique effort, while still treating each child as unique.

Custody, or who cares for the children, is one of the most important parts of this plan. The idea of time-sharing flows from custody. Overall, Florida encourages both parents to be involved for the best interest of the child — with the understanding that certain circumstances, like imprisonment, illness, or abuse, will impact the child’s best interests and custody arrangements.

When we work out your parenting plan at The McKinney Law Group, we listen to what you share with us, carefully consider the documents you provide us, and listen to your children if everyone agrees it’s a good idea to all talk together.

What Best Interest Impacts

The best interest standard impacts all the decisions about your children. Even if you’re modifying a prior divorce agreement or parenting plan due to changed circumstances or the other parent’s failure to comply, the best interest standard still applies.

We just update our strategy to reflect what’s new this time. As an experienced Tampa FL custody lawyer, Damien McKinney is able to work with you to keep pace with change and care for your children the best way possible.

The best interest standard is considered for the following:

  • Time children spend with each parent
  • Division of general and specific parental responsibilities
  • How each parent shows their ability to care for the children
  • The ability of each parent to put their children’s needs first
  • Geography, like when children travel or where they attend school
  • The ability of each parent to maintain a healthy routine
  • The ability of each parent to communicate with the other
  • The overall moral fitness of each parent
  • The reasonable preference of each child

This list is not comprehensive, but it should give you a good idea of how important this standard is. Ultimately, it’s about what’s best for each of your children, which we know is what you want, too.