What happens in a Florida custody dispute where one parent is mentally ill?

In Florida we use the words time sharing now, not custody. In these types of circumstances where one is mentally ill, that means the child is at potential risk. First you have to assess what is the type of mental illness, how does it impact the ability of that parent to care and make reasonable, logical decisions for that child at whatever developmental age that child is, and then if you believe that the child is at risk, you can go to the court and ask that either limitations be placed upon the visitation to protect the child, or to prevent visitation. Before you prevent visitation, of course, he’s also going to ask can supervised visitation protect the child. We want to do one, go to court and say, “This is the problem. These are the limits that should be placed on it. Does supervised visitation meet the child’s protective needs and if not than no contact should occur.”

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