Legal Question in Family Law in Florida

im looking to get emergency custody of my son, my husband and i have been seperated for 7 years he just recently moved to florida he decided he wasnt going to pay to take care of him anymore and has been letting him do things that are inapropriate for a 7 year old. this last friday i let him know that if he was not going to be resposible with my son that i didnt want him to see him. yesterday he tryed to pull him out of school and put him in anohter one without my knowledge. now i want to get custody of my son since he lives with me and his dad cant take care of him. im afraid he will take him away and i will have nothing to do about it I have removed my son from school untill i get the paper work so im just wondering how and where can i get custody immediatly?

Asked on 10/29/13, 9:04 am

3 Answers from Attorneys

Elliot Goldstein Law Offices of Elliot Jay Goldstein

You probably should just pursue a divorce. After a 7 year separation, I think it is safe to assume the marriage is done for. While custody/time-sharing can be determined separate from divorce, doing it that way would only result in much duplication of attorney work/fees, and costs. The bottom line is you won't be saving any money by doing it that way. Custody/time-sharing would be determined in the divorce.

In Florida, with family law cases, depending on the parties' comparative financial resources, the Courts have the discretion to hold one party responsible for all, or part, of the other's attorney fees and costs. In other words, if the other party has significantly stronger financial resources, while you will still have to pay the retainer, do not assume that you will not be able to afford to retain an attorney. Reimbursement can be sought.

If you opt to proceed without the assistance of counsel, be aware that you will not be entitled to a “do over” if things go badly.

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Sincerely, Elliot Goldstein

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Answered on 10/29/13, 9:17 am

John Smitten Carey and Leisure

You have to file your case and present the court with an emergency motion for custody asap.

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Answered on 10/29/13, 10:37 am
Robert McCall Law Office of Robert McCall

If you've lived in Florida for 181 days you need to file an Emergency Motion and file a Divorce action. If you and the child have not been in Florida for 181 days then Florida is not the home state of the child pursuant to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act and the case must be brought in the previous state.

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Answered on 10/29/13, 12:02 pm

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