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Q: Do I have to supply all documents for mandatory disclosure for a modification of parenting plan with no child support

I’m not asking to modify child support just circumstances have changed with my parenting plan and I can’t come to an agreement with the mother of my son.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Nov 28, 2022

You can make an argument that if there are no financial issues then the mandatory disclosure for a modification are not necessary. However, if any of the requested modifications change the overnights, which in turn can change child support, then they may be required. If necessary, the focus will be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Does my written answer to a petition need to be notarized before submitting it to the clerk of courts

The petition was filed in broward county and I live with my child here in Polk County. I'm trying to submit my answer and relocate the case and not really sure how to go about it. I've been trying lawyers for a consultation with no luck and am running out of time to put in my submission.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Nov 28, 2022

You need to answer the petition in Broward county. You can also file a motion to transfer jurisdiction to where you live. Look for a family lawyer with a free consultation. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Do I have to file my written response in the county the petition was filed or can I file it with supplemental petition

I want to file a supplemental petition to move the case to the county where I live with my daughter but I have to write a response to the petition filed by her dad in a different county. I don't have transportation to the other county to file in their clerk of courts. Even if I file a... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Nov 28, 2022

You can file it online, using Florida's E0filing Portal:

https://www.myflcourtaccess.com/Common/UIPages/NotLoggedIn.aspx

Or, obviously, you could probably mail it to the clerk of court in the county where the father filed his petition.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: How do I file a motion for relocation. I do not live in the county where the petition was filed
Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Nov 23, 2022

You can file your supplemental petition where you live and/or preferably where the child lives. Assuming that all legal issues have been in Florida you can attach the original order to your petition as an exhibit. Relocation can be complex so speak with a local family lawyer for more specific... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: What motion can I file when a parent willingly neglects to ensure the safety of a child from their known allergens?

My son is severely allergic to cats and dogs. Their father, who has not seen him physically for three years or had communication with him for two years, was granted visitation on 10/25 by a general magistrate even though my ex-husband refused to carry out what was issued in the report and... Read more »

Pamela J. Fero Esq.
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Pamela J. Fero Esq.
answered on Nov 17, 2022

File a petition to modify time sharing.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: I'm trying to get visitation of my child and my rights were given up. what do I do to get see my child
Pamela J. Fero Esq.
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Pamela J. Fero Esq.
answered on Nov 14, 2022

If there is clear and convincing evidence that it is in the best interests of the child, the court may reinstate your parental rights. You must present the best case possible and commit to doing everything in your part to restore your rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on
Q: How can I get sole custody of my son?

My wife and I are separated and currently about to go through a divorce. She currently has a live in boyfriend who has a lengthy, violent criminal history. I do not feel comfortable with my son going over there due to his history with violence and drugs. I do not have much money for a lawyer and I... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Nov 8, 2022

Generally speaking there is no "sole custody." Florida wants both parents to spend time with a child. You will need to notify the court of your concerns regarding the other parent's partner. If the concerns are legitimate then the court will put safeguards in place to protect the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Hello i signed a notarized paper only to give guardianship of my child no court involved can I grab my child when ready
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Oct 28, 2022

If no court was involved, the "notarized paper" you signed probably only gives the so-called guardian the right to take care of the child as long as you agree. It would be revokable, in other words. If that is the case, you could resume physical custody whenever you want.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Q: I want to legally recognize my son, give him my last name on his birth certifiDoes his mom need to be okay with it this?
Pamela J. Fero Esq.
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Pamela J. Fero Esq.
answered on Oct 19, 2022

Yes. When adding father's name to the child's birth certificate, both parents must consent. If the mother does not consent, you can file a petition to establish paternity. It will be granted after providing genetic samples proving you are the biological father of the child. The court will... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: Establishing parternity 14 years later.

My son was born in Florida while his mom was still married to another man, how can I establish paternity?

My son, his mother and I live abroad now.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Oct 19, 2022

Based on Florida law you cannot accomplish this without the cooperation of the man that she was married to at the time of birth. However, since none of you lives in Florida the court here will not have jurisdiction (the ability to decide your case). You may not be able to do anything before you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Husband wants to adopt my child whose biological father is no where to be found. What can I do?

Living in Florida. I have a child that is not my ex husband's, but the child has his name by default ( as he did not physically sign the birth certificate) been divorced since the child's birth...and we've been out of communication ever since. Fast foward 10yrs, my now husband wants... Read more »

Pamela J. Fero Esq.
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Pamela J. Fero Esq.
answered on Oct 11, 2022

Florida’s adoption law requires that the consent of both parents be given before a court can make an adoption final.

If one parent does not consent to the adoption, the court will only make the adoption final if it finds that:

✅ The non-consenting parent is unfit

There...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: Timesharing plan never made legal with court and the mom won't follow through and set a court date been a year now

We were never married and she just moved out last month. She wont set a mediation or court date and its been over a year and im stuck in limbo. They say I can't do anything because she was the petitioner. Can I just have her plan thrown out and started over with a new petition by me or what... Read more »

Pamela J. Fero Esq.
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Pamela J. Fero Esq.
answered on Oct 6, 2022

To ensure your child's safety and well-being, you must establish a timesharing plan with the court. You should consult with a family lawyer to determine the best way to proceed with your case.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Q: If a child has been living with grandparents, but there is no legal custody arrangement, can grandparent deny the mother

If there has been no court ordered custody or guardianship arrangement, Can a grandparent, who has been caring for a child for an extended period of time, deny the mother the ability to take the child back? And can they make rules denying the parent from having the child stay with said parent... Read more »

Pamela J. Fero Esq.
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Pamela J. Fero Esq.
answered on Sep 26, 2022

If there is no court ordered custody arrangement, there is no reason the grandparents keep the child from you, unless there are proofs you are unfit to care for the child and they appeal for custody for the child. Speak to lawyer to know how best to proceed with your case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Military Law for Florida on
Q: Will a POA suffice so I can take over my husband’s coparenting agreement while he is in school for his new assignment?

My husband, who is in the Air Force, is leaving for about five months to tech school to cross train to his new AFSC. There is a parenting agreement in place for my stepdaughter and right now we have her every other weekend (Friday - Monday). Will a military POA suffice so I can take over my... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Sep 23, 2022

The Judge was the ONLY person who established your husband's visitation rights, and the Judge is the only person who can answer this question. Do NOT rely on a "military POA." Ask the Judge.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: My decree states 880 per month child support for 2 children. 1 child turns 18 soon. Decree doesn’t state 440 per child.

When my child turns 18, he has graduated HS, will my supposed now be 440 per month?

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Sep 19, 2022

You should speak with a local family law attorney to recalculate your child support for one child. It does not automatically go to half and it could even be lower than half. More importantly, you want to record the change with the court so that you are protected if there is a dispute in the future... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: My daughters father who had physical custody has passed away in Florida. Now I have my daughter

Our custody agreement is from Kentucky. I’m I required to transfer and change the agreement it in the courts in Florida?

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Sep 12, 2022

If you are still the legal parent of the child and only shared the child with the father then why is an agreement needed at all? Besides a family lawyer you may need to speak to a probate lawyer (a lawyer that handles estates after someone dies). If you had your parental rights taken away that is a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence, Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: the father of my child moved me into his home a year ago. Can he kick me out even if i have nowhere to go with my kid?

he gave me 1 month to leave his house because I caught him cheating. It escalated where he put his hands on me in front of my child. I called the police and reported it. I don't have family around so I have nowhere to go right away. I haven't worked in 6 months, he's been paying all... Read more »

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Sep 10, 2022

No, he cannot just kick you out like a dog. If you have stayed there for longer than 30 days, then he has to take legal steps to evict you. If you are married then different rules apply. But if you are just a houseguest, then he first has to serve you a notice to vacate, and then he has to file an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Can defac take a newborn without notifying you parents?
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Sep 9, 2022

Your question is too vague. I suggest you re-post with short description of what caused a newborn to be taken. And by "defac", do you mean DCF (Dept. of Children and Families)? And by "notifying you parents", do you mean notifying the parents of the child being taken away?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: I about a year ago I gave temporary custody of my daughter to my father she's 16 do I have to go to the courts to get he

I gave temporary custody of my daughter my 16 year old daughter to my dad until I could get my own place get a steady job staple job and get on my feet financially well I'm I'm financially okay now and I have my own home and I have a good job do I have to go through the courts my daughter... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Aug 30, 2022

If a Judge gave your father temporary custody of your daughter, you will have to return to the same Judge to undo his Order. You might have visitation rights but that is NOT the same a custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Is there a way to establish legal rules on paper but not through the whole process? Maybe like with a mediator or?

My daughters father and I are not married and have never been married. I moved to Florida from Georgia and don’t have money to switch my car and everything over to Florida. So I have an out of state license. My child’s dad always wants me to drive and bring her to him and we have disagreements... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Aug 26, 2022

If yo have never been married then you as the mother have total control of the situation. If you have lived in Florida for more than six months then you can file for paternity here, with or without a drivers license. You just have to prove that you have lived here and plan to continue living here.... Read more »

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