Florida Child Custody Questions & Answers

Q: my friend is still married but working on her divorce paper and has 2 grown and 2 minor children.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on Jun 29, 2015

Answered on Jun 30, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You did not ask a question. Your friend needs to get an attorney about this matter.

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Q: I need to know if I can get custody of my 3 kids by having them in my possession when I file?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on Jun 24, 2015

Answered on Jun 25, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Get to a family lawyer immediately before you mess things up for yourself and the children. Also read the provisions of Florida Statutes Section 61.13(3). That is extremely important for you to know. It is what the court uses to determine what to do with the children, and a good guide on what you should and should not be doing.

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Q: My ex lives in CA. We have joint legal custody of our 3 children. He has physical custody. I recently moved to FL. 2 of

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on Jun 18, 2015

Answered on Jun 22, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Any modification of custody would have to take place where the divorce was. I assume that was CA, so you need an attorney there.

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Q: How much does it cost to file a temporary custody petitiom in Orlando fl

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on Jun 13, 2015

Answered on Jun 14, 2015

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Each attorney charges fees according to their own business plan or schedule of fees for matters like this. It is much less expensive to have an uncontested matter than a contested one.

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Q: how can i get custody of my younger brother

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on Jun 11, 2015

Answered on Jun 12, 2015

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Get her to consent to you having temporary custody, until she can get back on her feet, and get to an attorney here in FL about filing a petition for temporary custody by extended family.

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Q: Can my sister (26) get custody of me (14) ?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on Jun 10, 2015

Answered on Jun 11, 2015

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Perhaps, if the parents consent to temporary custody of minor by extended family.

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Q: My ex has lived out of the country for two years, but still has legal say as we have joint. How do I apply for sole in F

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on Jun 3, 2015

Answered on Jun 4, 2015

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John Arthur Smitten's answer
If the children live in FL then file a petition to modify the order in FL.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey Leisure and Neal

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

www.careyandleisure.com

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Q: Ex not paying medical expenses, what is the time frame & dollar that I should allow before filling contempt charges

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on Jun 1, 2015

Answered on Jun 1, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
This is subject to contempt for non payment, but she has to be given proper notice of the medical expenses as outlined in the agreement, most likely. A reasonable amount of time should be given for her to pay her share to you.

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Q: Can a father get 50% overnight stays on a newborn child? We are not and never were married. Visitation allowed.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on Jun 1, 2015

Answered on Jun 1, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Well, I think you had better come to grips with reality, you have to get along with him regarding raising the child. He actually has no rights unless he gets to court and establishes his rights. Typically judges are ordering 50% time sharing for children under five. Get an attorney on your side.

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Q: Ive had grandson entire life,mom doesnt support him what the best way to get help with custody I cant afford a attorney

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on May 29, 2015

Answered on May 30, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Go see legal aid in your community. They might be able to help you. What you probably need to do is file a petition for temporary custody of minor by extended family. If the parents consent it can be uncontested. But if they will not consent, you have to prove by clear and convincing evidence that they are unfit.

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Q: I've been raising my boyfriends baby while the biological mother has been in jail. Do I have any rights to the baby?

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on May 24, 2015

Answered on May 25, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You do not have rights to the baby. The document would have to be reviewed to see if it is appropriate.

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Q: My girls no longer wish to live 1 week with me, 1 week with their dad. They hate going to his house. What can I do?

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on May 19, 2015

Answered on May 20, 2015

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You must follow the order and support the relationship between the girls and the father. In order to get this changed, their decisions are only part of what the court considers and it is not a controlling part.

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Q: My wife and the mother of my son don't get along because of this my baby mother wants supervised visit and my wife dange

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on May 15, 2015

Answered on May 16, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Go see a local family attorney about these problems. Was paternity established by a court order yet?

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Q: My friend has his kid for years now since the mother abandoned their kid and leave everything to my friend.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on May 13, 2015

Answered on May 13, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Your friend needs to go see an attorney about this. There are not enough facts here and a full discussion with a local family lawyer is what the friend needs to have.

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Q: My dad (sole legal guardian) is going to jail. Can I live independently or do I have to find another guardian?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on May 4, 2015

Answered on May 5, 2015

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John Arthur Smitten's answer
File a petition to emancipate with the court.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey Leisure and Neal

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

www.careyandleisure.com

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Q: The father of my kids have my kids, however i have full custody. He will not return them to me. What can i do?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on May 4, 2015

Answered on May 5, 2015

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John Arthur Smitten's answer
Get a lawyer asap and get a pick up order.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey Leisure and Neal

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

www.careyandleisure.com

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Q: The mother of my child refuses to let me see my daughter. Where do I start in order to get equal time sharing

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on May 3, 2015

Answered on May 4, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You know that you need to get an attorney for this. You most likely need to file a petition to determine paternity, first.

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Q: What is the best way to proceed in a dcf custody case?

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on Apr 24, 2015

Answered on Apr 25, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You can hire a private attorney to handle the case. The best way to proceed is with a highly experienced attorney.

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