When parents in Florida are going through a divorce, temporary child custody orders might be put in place until the separation is final. At that time, the temporary orders could be made permanent. The court may take other factors into account and even ask the child for input. However, the general inclination of the court is to try to avoid disrupting the child's living arrangement.
There are also situations in which non-biological parents might be given custody of a child. For example, if a parent is in the hospital, does not have the financial means to care for the child, has a demanding work schedule or is abusive, a grandparent, godparent or other family member might get custody. The custody agreement will generally specify the time period for custody, where the child will live and the parent's visitation rights. If there are any financial arrangements, these will be included in the agreement.
Courts usually take the position that a child should have a relationship with both parents. Therefore, even a parent who does not have custody generally has visitation rights.
Parents who are going through a divorce may need to negotiate a child custody arrangement. Although this can be difficult, there are a number of different arrangements that may suit parents and children. For example, some parents may want to opt for an arrangement in which the child spends roughly the same amount of them with each household. Some parents who can afford it and get along well use an arrangement in which they take turns living in the family home while the children live there full time. If the child lives primarily with one parent, the ex with visitation rights may still have a schedule that allows time with the child on a number of weekdays and weekends.