Former Florida first lady Loses Custody of Daughters Temporarily

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Custody on Monday, February 25, 2013.

Florida's former first lady recently lost custody of her two daughters when the judge temporarily awarded custody to the children's father, her former husband. Carole Crist's former husband alleged in the child custody dispute that Crist abandoned her two teenage daughters. He further claimed that she has not spoken to them in two years. Child custody decisions can be made several ways and based on several different factors, including the parents' relationship with the children.

Ruling a "change in circumstances," the judge overturned the parents' joint custody agreement, following the two years that Crist has not responded to phone calls, text messages, letters or any communication with her daughters. Crist's ex-husband said that the nature of the relationship has recently impacted the education of his youngest daughter; after the girl was suspended from school and could not return for days while awaiting signed paperwork from Crist acknowledging the incident. The ex-husband's attorney noted that if Crist fails to respond to the temporary order, permanent full custody may be granted to her ex-husband. The couple has disputed other issues related to child support in the past.

There are several ways that a child custody agreement is reached. A similar process can help with changes to child custody agreements when there is a child custody dispute. Following a divorce, an agreement can be reached between the parties, through alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation. Alternatively, child custody and visitation can be determined by the court when the parents are not able to agree. Child custody agreement modification can be achieved through the same processes.

Child custody disputes can run high with emotions. Understanding the process and the factors used to make a determination may help make the process easier on all parties.

Source:, "Charlie Crist's Wife, Carole Crist: Deadbeat Mom? Crist Loses Custody of Her Children," Terrence McCoy, February 15, 2013.

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