Are mothers more likely to be awarded primary custody than fathers in Florida?

No, they're not. Our parenting statute is gender neutral. The court, I believe, will evenly apply the several criteria for making a parenting decision with regard to which parent has majority time-sharing or what the time-sharing arrangement will be between the parents having to do with primarily the roles in which each of the parents had played historically in raising the children, as well as the relative psychological conditions of the party's health. The preferences of the children do have some limited weight.

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Carolyn S. Zisser

Highly regarded in marital and family law, Carolyn S. Zisser is a well-respected lecturer and author on family law subjects for the American Bar Association, Florida Bar, Jacksonville Bar Association and private legal seminar companies.