Same-sex marriage was legally recognized in the state of Florida on Jan. 6, 2015. Now, gay, lesbian and queer couples are able to take full advantage of Florida’s court system if something is to go warily in their relationship. Same-sex couples that are married have the same rights as heterosexual couples to file for divorce in order to end their marriage. Because of this, it also means they have the rights to have alimony and take advantage of child custody laws should they need to. To learn more about same-sex parents and child custody, keep reading.
Understanding Same-Sex Parents and Child Custody in Florida
Child custody rulings are called “time-sharing” arrangements in Florida. They decide the specifics on how various responsibilities and rights surrounding child care rights are evenly divided among both parents.
In Florida courts, a judge will use various factors during the process of deciding on a suitable time-sharing arrangement for a same-sex couple. These factors include each spouse’s parenting capabilities, their individual parent-child relationships, as well as making sure to take the child’s wants into consideration.
A judge will have the final verdict on which parent will be responsible for making major decisions for their child if the parents are unable to reach a time-sharing arrangement on their own. This also includes their child’s living arrangements and visitation rights. However, same-sex couples face the risk of experiencing various difficulties due to the fact that same-sex marriage and same-sex divorce are fairly new in Florida. Because of this, the different laws that encompass same-sex divorces and same-sex parents seeking child custody are yet to be perfected.
The Importance of Child Custody with Same-Sex Parents
Child custody laws were created to protect your children, but during a time where you and your spouse did not have the same rights as heterosexual couples and parents. Before same-sex parents were even legally acknowledged, they had to deal with many different child custody complications that most heterosexual couples don’t encounter.
This created many issues for same-sex couples who needed to resolve any child custody issues, as they weren’t given the same rights as heterosexual couples. Because many heterosexual parents are often related to their children, legal parentage is automatically given to them. As well as this, if a married heterosexual couple were to adopt a child or has a child through assisted means of reproduction, it would be easy for them to be acknowledged as a child’s legal parents. New laws were crucial for married same-sex parents to finally have the same rights as heterosexual parents.
Seeking a Florida Same-Sex Lawyer
It is not only important but absolutely crucial, that same-sex parents seek an experienced and dedicated Florida same-sex attorney about matters concerning child custody and time-sharing arrangements.
One of The Berman Law Group’s family lawyers will be able to work you to help you understand your legal rights as a same-sex parent and any options you can – or should – take. They will be able to assist you in the case that any legal difficulties or obstacles arise.
If you reach the conclusion that you need to take your case to court, you need to make sure you seek an attorney who can help. The Berman Law Group can help you figure out the best time-sharing arrangement with your partner that is in the best interest of your child and has their well-being in mind. Don’t wait to seek help, contact us today at (800) 883-5206 for a free consultation.