What is temporary custody?

Temporary Custody refers to a legal relationship between a minor child(ren) and an extended family member or stepparent. In simple words, it means that the child will be legally placed with a family member for a specified period of time.

Who can obtain temporary custody of a child(ren)?

Florida law states that a child may be placed in temporary custody with an extended family member up to the third degree by blood or marriage.

Examples:

  • A first-degree relative is defined as a close blood relative which includes the individual’s parents, full siblings, or children
  • A second-degree relative is defined as a blood relative which includes the individual’s grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces or half-siblings
  • A third-degree relative is defined as a blood relative which includes the individual’s first-cousins, great-grandparents or great grandchildren

What do I do?

It is very important that you consult with an attorney before you start your temporary custody arrangements. You can call our office for a consultation.

You are also able to fill out our temporary custody questionnaire HERE.

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