Nearly everyone in Florida would agree that being a single parent is challenging. Even as more couples are sharing child custody, the National Parents Organization estimates that nearly 83 percent of all custody rulings give primary custody to one parent while the other is awarded visitation. Other statistics indicate that this arrangement has detrimental effects on the children, often through no fault of the single parent.
Despite a parent's best efforts, the data indicates that behavioral issues, teen suicides and other self-destructive behaviors are more common among children in single-parent homes. This is why many Florida couples are putting aside their differences in order to co-parent. Parenting plans are being negotiated outside the courtroom in order to allow each parent as much time with the children as possible.