Custody Of Grandchild
by Alma Orlando, Florida, Orange County
I live in the state of Florida and my granddaughter has been living with me since December of 2009. My son was killed 5 months before her birth. I have DNA record stating that my grandchild is indeed my son's daughter.
Her mother currently works at night and after her apartment caught on fire she moved in with her boyfriend.
Will the Florida court grant me custody of my granddaughter?
Answer to Florida Child Custody Question
What does the mother say? If the mother doesn't contest the custody, then you have an easy path. If the mother contests the custody, it may be possible, but not nearly as easy.
My suggestion is to speak with the mother and ask her whether she would agree to custody of your granddaughter. If she will agree, and she may since the child is already living with you, then you could file a Petition for Temporary Custody by an Extended Family Member under Florida Statute 751. Notice that this is temporary custody, and can be rescinded by the mother.
Have a look at our Temporary Custody by Extended Family Members page
. There are other paths you might take, but the absolute path of least resistance is for the mother to agree.Notice:
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