The answer to this question depends on how full custody is defined. Based on the hundreds of cases we have conducted, most parents refer to “full custody” as the ability to make one-sided decisions on major parenting issues, as well as, the ability to control when and where the other parent will have visitation with their child.
Florida courts will not allow a complete sever of the other parents’ right to see their child, have overnight visits with their child, or have a relationship with their child. Typically, parents share time and have either “equal time sharing” or “majority time sharing” with their children.
It is difficult, but not unheard-of, for a parent to be awarded full or sole custody of a child. In extreme cases, in which a parent suffers from severe and untreated mental health disorders, is actively addicted to drugs/alcohol, and/or in situations where violent acts are committed against the other parent, or child it is possible to be awarded 100% parental responsibility.
First, you will need a superb child custody attorney who believes and supports you. Your family lawyer will help you gather detailed documentation to share your compelling story with a court of law. Fighting for full custody of a child can be an arduous battle. However, when the other parent is unstable, unreliable, on drugs, or simply dangerous, full custody may be the only viable option.
It is important to prioritize your desires and have realistic expectations when petitioning for full custody. At Fulmer Law, PA, it’s our job to help you gather evidence and convince the judge why the other parent is a danger to their child, based on weighing the factors described in Florida Statute 61.13.