You can use anything relevant pursuant to Chapter 61.13(3)(a) through (t) to show what is in the best interest of your minor child. You need to be intimately familiar with that statute if you are to even think about representing yourself. I will attach it to this answer. Good luck!
Bill Rosenfelt 407-462-8787 (Orlando)
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I understand you may not be able to afford an attorney, but have you at least consulted with a local attorney. There are plenty attorneys, many which can be found here on Avvo in your area that may or will offer at the least a free consultation to give you some general advice on some of your questions.
There is also legal aid, which I am unsure if you qualify for it, but it is worth looking into.
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Step-Parents have no rights in Florida to make independent decisions about a child.
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