Sometimes, 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.
Schipani & Norman, P.A., provides legal guidance to 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 compassion as well as counsel. Working closely with you, we can help you find practical solutions to 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 temporarily gives 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
Talk With A Lawyer About Custody issues
If you are coping with an issue involving extended family custody, contact Schipani & Norman, P.A., for a consultation. We can discuss your current situation and advise you on how to proceed. To schedule, reach us online or call our Sarasota office at 941-549-8981.