Legal Question in Family Law in Florida

Is it legal for a mother to keep a child away from the father during a custody case when they have had a court date with the general magistrate and he told them to "maintain status quo" keeping everything they have been doing the same?

Asked on 2/07/13, 1:25 pm

4 Answers from Attorneys

Elliot Goldstein Law Offices of Elliot Jay Goldstein

No offense intended, but your question screams out that you are in over your head.

I interpret your question as asking if it is proper for the other party to violate the Order of the Court? Do you really need an answer to that.

If she is violating a prior Order of the Court, a Motion to Enforce/to Show Cause (contempt) should be pursued.

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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Answered on 2/07/13, 1:50 pm

John Smitten Carey and Leisure

If one party is denying time sharing that will not bode well at court.

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Answered on 2/07/13, 1:57 pm
Lucreita Becude Lucreita D. Becude, P.A.

Maintaining the status quo was meant to follow the order. some judges have gotten lax in their comments forgetting that the person before them is not legal savvy. If I can be of assistance, please contact my office for an appointment.


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Answered on 2/08/13, 8:01 am
Gregory Buckley Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law

If both parties had been enjoying time-sharing with the child prior to the hearing with the General Magistrate, then maintaining the status quo would have kept that in place. Why the mother would choose to ignore that, I am not sure. That type of behavior is not looked upon kindly by the legal system.

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Answered on 2/10/13, 8:28 am

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