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How easy is it to lose custody over your child in Florida?

On Behalf of | Nov 24, 2019 | Uncategorized

The child custody laws in Florida can shift their favor to any parent at any time, depending on how you treat your child. The law courts do not give a second thought to revoking your custody if you create an environment that exposes your child to danger. 

The whole process involves a judge who hears both sides of the story. If there is substantial evidence to back the claim of the concerned parent, the judge will ensure that the child rarely, if ever, comes into contact with you. 

But what are some of these reasons that can make you lose your child custody? 

The laws of Florida do not tolerate an unfit parent. Florida Statute 751.05 describes an unfit parent as one who neglects, abandons, or abuses their child. You are also said to be unsuitable if you abuse drugs or suffer from mental illness. 

Abuse is a crucial reason why you, as a parent, may lose your custody. However, another similar concern is making false allegations about abuse to deny your partner the right to see their child. The court will deem you mentally unfit to raise the child and revoke your custody. 

An unsafe environment may also influence the decision of the court where the child is safe to live. If you stay in an area that is prone to crime or in a building that has health and safety hazard risks, the court may decide that the child is better off staying with the other parent. 

This is a brief look at some of the reasons why you can lose your child custody in Florida. Do not take it for legal advice.