Florida Child Custody Form Questions

by Brenda from Winter Park, Florida, Orange County


I have some custody form questions:


• Participation in custody or time sharing proceedings, what does this question mean legally?

• Persons not a party to this proceeding?

• Knowledge of prior child support proceedings?



Answer to Florida Child Custody Question

Dear Brenda,

I believe you must be looking at the check off boxes on the UCCJEA Affidavit, Paragraphs 2, 3, & 4. I’ve copied parts of those paragraphs, and made comments after.

2. Participation in custody or time-sharing proceeding(s):

check one only

___ I HAVE NOT participated as a party, witness, or in any capacity in any other litigation or custody proceeding in this or any other state, concerning custody of or time-sharing with a child subject to this proceeding.

___ I HAVE participated as a party, witness, or in any capacity in any other litigation or custody proceeding in this or another state, concerning custody of or time-sharing with a child subject to this proceeding.


You either have or have not been involved in a court proceeding regarding custody of this child (or these children, if more than one).

3. Information about custody or time-sharing proceeding(s):

check one only

___ I HAVE NO INFORMATION of any custody or time-sharing proceeding pending in a court of this or any other state concerning a child subject to this proceeding.

___ I HAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION concerning a custody or time-sharing proceeding pending in a court of this or another state concerning a child subject to this proceeding, other than set out in item 2.


You either know or you don’t know of any other custody proceeding that is going to be heard in Florida or any other state regarding this child (or these children).

One of the main purposes of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) is to prevent conflicting court orders concerning the same children, rendered by different judges in different jurisdictions.

The court needs to know if there is any other order or pending order before a reasonable decision can be reached.
4. Persons not a party to this proceeding:

check one only

___ I DO NOT KNOW OF ANY PERSON not a party to this proceeding who has physical custody or claims to have custody, visitation or time-sharing with respect to any child subject to this proceeding.

___ I KNOW THAT THE FOLLOWING NAMED PERSON(S) not a party to this proceeding has (have) physical custody or claim(s) to have custody, visitation, or time-sharing with respect to any child subject to this proceeding.


This question is asking whether there is any other individual who may have a right to custody of this or these children. It could be that the child(ren) lived with a grandmother for their whole lives and then the absent parent wanted custody.

In general, a grandmother would not be included in a child custody proceeding, but in that circumstance, she might need to be notified.

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Custody With No Contact
by: Anonymous

Where are the forms to file for custody with no contact and its related forms? My daughters dad is a dead beat and has came in and out her life when he feels like it. He has 6 other kids and has done this to them all.

He lives in Texas and does not even pay his child support. I want to file for custody with no contact as he has caused my daughter severe pain over the years and she is now seeing a therapist and psychiatrist.

--It sounds as if you are already the primary residential parent, child support offices use the term, custodial parent. My suggestion is that you pursue child support enforcement through the Florida Department of Revenue; and then make sure that he abides by the visitation guidelines in your Parenting Plan.

You don't mention the age of your daughter, but you might check your Parenting Plan and see what type of contact he is currently allowed. You might also want to consider filing for a Supervised Safety Focused Parenting Plan.

If he is seriously in arrears in his child support payments and the Florida Department of Revenue is enforcing it, he is unlikely to visit your daughter in Florida. He may well run the risk of being jailed for Contempt of Court for failure to pay child support. --Staff

My grand daughter
by: Frank

My son recently left his girlfriend in which they had been living together for 3 yrs. She was caught cheating. They have 1 child together, she is now age 1. My son wants Full custody because the girlfriend now ex, smokes pot, does coke and is a full time stripper, been in trouble a few times, is on probation as well.

Is there anyway since they've not got married that my son could take full custody? He works full time, is a great father and very great provider. He now has moved into his mother's 2 bedroom home. My son loves his daughter and she adores her daddy.

--Your son can file a petition for paternity and ask for full custody given the circumstances you described. --Best of luck, Staff

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