Paternity & Custody

Paternity
A birth mother or birth father may file this type of case to ask the court to establish paternity, a time-sharing schedule, and/or child support of a minor child or children. This means that you are trying to legally establish who is the father of the child(ren).

You can find an electronic packet for Determine Paternity in the related documents.

Custody by Extended Family (Temporary)
An extended family member may file this type of case to obtain temporary custody of a child or children pursuant to Chapter 751, Florida Statutes. This should not be used if you are a parent seeking to establish parental responsibility of time-sharing with a child or children. You may file a Petition for Temporary Custody if you have the signed, notarized consents of the child(ren)’s legal parents or you are an extended family member who is caring full time for the child(ren) in the role of a substitute parent and with whom the child(ren)is (are) presently living.

You can find an electronic packet for Custody by Extended Family (Temporary) in the related documents.

Custody by Extended Family (Concurrent)
An extended family member may file this type of case to obtain concurrent custody of a child or
children pursuant to Chapter 751, Florida Statutes. This should not be used if you are a parent
seeking to establish parental responsibility or time-sharing with a child or children. “Concurrent
custody” means that an eligible extended family member is awarded custodial rights to care for a child
or children concurrently with the child(ren)’s parent or parents.

You can find an electronic packet for Custody by Extended Family (Concurrent) in the related documents.

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