Extended Family Custody Attorneys in Sarasota
When Other Family Members Must Care for a Child
Not every child grows up in a traditional family comprised of two parents. In some instances, it is best for an extended relative, such as aunt, uncle or grandparent, to have custody.
At Schipani, Norman & McLain, P.A. in Sarasota, we provide legal guidance for families as they encounter this complex situation. We understand that this chapter of your life can feel stressful and confusing, so we strive to provide compassionate support as well as counsel. As we work closely with you, we will help you find practical solutions that meet your family’s current needs.
Concurrent Custody Vs. Temporary Custody
Florida has two forms of legal custody for extended family members:
- Concurrent custody is when the child’s parents retain their parental rights, but the child lives with a relative.
- Temporary custody means that a court will temporarily give the child’s relative legal rights to make medical, educational, and other decisions regarding a child.
Relatives need the permission of both parents to receive concurrent custody, but a court can issue temporary custody against the will of the parents.
Why Consider Temporary Custody?
Temporary custody gives the custodial relative the ability to make important parenting decisions without the parents’ permission.
This form of custody is useful if one or both parents:
- Is out of the state of Florida
- Has an illness or injury
- Does not have a stable income
- Is incarcerated
- Struggles with substance abuse or mental illness
- Has other problems that prevent them from caring for the child
Speak with an Attorney About Your Custody Matters
If you are coping with an issue involving extended family custody, contact Schipani, Norman & McLain, P.A., for a consultation. We can discuss your current situation and advise you on how to proceed.
To get started on your case, reach out to us online or call our Sarasota office at (941) 499-8154 to request a consultation.