Divorced Florida parents often face challenges when determining who gets primary custody of their child. While family courts today lean more towards joint child custody, there are still many situations where joint parenting would not be in the child's best interest. Pete Wentz, member of the band Fall Out Boy, is fighting for sole custody of his son after having concerns about the boy's mother, singer Ashlee Simpson.
When Wentz and Simpson divorced in 2011, Simpson was given sole physical custody of their four-year-old son. However, the couple shares joint legal custody. Reports indicate that Simpson's drinking prompted the divorce, and that it is becoming a problem again. Wentz worries that Simpson's drinking habits will start affecting their son. Wentz informed Simpson's mother that he will get temporary full custody if she does not stop her partying ways.
If a custody arrangement is completely joint, then both parents will share legal and physical custody. Joint physical custody means that the child will split time evenly between the parents. Joint legal custody typically means that both parents are involved in making decisions regarding the child.
In most joint custody cases however, one parent is awarded physical custody and makes day-to-day decisions regarding the child. Both parents are involved in making long-term decisions about the child. Above all else, courts will do whatever is in the best interests of the child. This means that the court will focus on what benefits the child physically, emotionally and financially. It is the court's job to make sure that the child has a comfortable life and is not caught in the middle of a chaotic situation between the parents.
Source: The Christian Post, "Pete Wentz Concerned About Ashlee Simpson Drinking, Wants Full Child Custody?," Benge Nsenduluka, Mar. 3, 2013