Divorcing couples who have young children need to remember that even though a divorce is to dissolve a marriage, divorce also changes the way in which families function.
Parents need to be sensitive to their children's needs, and when it comes to resolving child custody issues in Florida, parents should make sure their children's best interests come first. When parents cannot reach agreements on their own about visitation schedules and child custody, the court will get involved to ensure children's best interests remain protected.
The court understands that children in Broward County need both their mothers and fathers, but in some cases, the court may decide that children will be better off spending more time with one parent instead of an equal amount of time with both parents. Earlier this week, a court in Texas decided that Deion Sanders, who has three children with his estranged wife, should have the responsibility of having sole custody of his two older children. The court decided that the former NFL player and his estranged wife should share custody of their youngest child.
Sanders and his wife have both been arguing to have sole custody of their children while they have been proceeding with their divorce, which was first filed in 2011. The couple's custody case recently went to trial, and both sides argued that the other parent was not fit to have sole custody. The former NFL player claimed that his wife is not a trustworthy person. His wife argued that Sanders is often absent when he should be spending time with his children. Both sides claimed that the other parent is selfish and does not put the children first.
After hearing testimonies in the child custody dispute, a jury concluded that Sanders will have sole custody of the couple's two boys who are 13 and 11. This means that the former NFL player will get to make decisions about the boys' education, health and other issues. Sanders and his wife will both be allowed to make these decisions for their 9-year-old daughter. The former NFL player also gets to decide where the couple's three children will live.
The couple will now need to agree on a visitation schedule. They have yet to resolve other issues including child support and other financial concerns related to the divorce.
Source: The Dallas Morning News, "Deion Sanders claims court victory in child custody battle with estranged wife," Christina Rosales, March 12, 2013