Q: Can I lose custody of my kids?
My kids were born and raised in Central Florida. I was living in Orlando for a year with my kids while my husband was living in Boston. He moved to South Florida and insisted the kids go there. The kids and I stayed there for 3 weeks until his emotional/verbal abuse got to be too much and CPS got involved because of an incident involving him and one of the kids. I fled to Orlando with the kids and re-established our lives-they attend school here, I have an apartment and a job here. He has a lawyer and fighting to get them back to South Florida. I do not have anyone to represent me so I feel lost.
A: There's a lot of issues here that you would really need an attorney to give you advice based on the specifics of your case. Family court is intended to make orders that are in the children's best interest. If the Department of Children and Families has already been involved against him, that is something the court needs to be told.
When parents don't live in the same place, the court does a long distance time sharing schedule since the kids will need to go to school in one place and spend vacations in another. A good attorney can help you make sure you put your best foot forward in court.
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