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Does the wife always get custody?

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The question often arises during a divorce “does the wife always get custody?” Theodore Rechel of Rechel & Associates in Tampa, Florida answers this question.

Video Transcript:

First of all, the use of the term custody in Florida law has been extinguished. We don’t talk in terms of custody. It is parenting plans and timesharing, which is the new word for visitation. Essentially, whatever the timesharing schedule is going to be is a function of the level of involvement of both parents in the children’s’ lives. For instance, you have to take a look at who’s involved in school, who’s taking the children to school, getting them ready to school … to go to school, who’s picking them up from school, who takes them to the pediatrician, who’s involved in their healthcare. It really depends on the level of involvement of the parties, and also the parties willingness to be involved in the children’s’ lives, and the efforts that they expend to do so. That will result in the appropriate timesharing schedule in the best interest of the children.

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