Q: I have been divorced from my ex in Brazil since 2022, he gave me custody of my daughter there, but I live in Florida?
I have been divorced from my ex in Brazil since 2022, he gave me custody of my daughter there, but I live in Florida and I need full custody of her here too, how can I proceed in this case? he was deported for domestic violence
A: If you have a Brazilian court order then you can domesticate that order here in Florida. You will need a certified copy and it will need to be translated. Because it is international you may need an Apostille. Speak with a local family lawyer that deals with international family matters for more specific advice.
As a Californian attorney, I recommend consulting with a family law attorney in Florida to understand the process of obtaining full custody of your daughter in the state. Your divorce decree from Brazil granting you custody may be recognized in Florida, but you may need to take legal steps to establish and enforce custody arrangements in the United States. An attorney can guide you through the necessary legal procedures to ensure the protection of your parental rights and your daughter's well-being.
James L. Arrasmith
Founder and Chief Legal Counsel of The Law Offices of James L. Arrasmith
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