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I am 17 years old with a daughter,I am still with the father who is now 18 ,how do I give him custody of her ?

Jacksonville, FL |
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I ran away from tn,I am 17 my mothers boyfriend is abusive and we felt it best to get our 2 month old daughter away from them.I am now in florida and want to give custody to my daughters father who is 18 before my mother forces me back to tn. How can I give him legal custody where she can stay in fl with him until I am 18 ? we have tried to contact welfare and my mother lied and said her boyfriend had moved out.I fear for us when we are there and I really need help . We don't know what to do .they are saying if we both come back to tn that I can do the paper up there but I am scared it is a trap and really don't want my daughter going back . It is a dangerous household and I know my mother will put us on lock down if I ever go back with her . Please help ! Can I sign guardianship over ?

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  1. You need to go in and consult with a lawyer in person. Your case is too complex to handle on here. Yes you can give another guardianship so long as the father agrees.

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  2. He needs to file a paternity action rather swiftly. You and he need much more advice than you can get on a site like this. Get to a family attorney right away. As the child's parent, he is a natural guardian of the child. When you have lived here for 6 months, FL becomes the home state of the child.

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  3. I agree. You have a myriad of issues. You are still a minor at this point even though you have a child. Your mother is your guardian until you reach 18 years or file for emancipation. As Mr. De Groot, stated, you don't have FL jurisdiction until the child has been a resident in the state for 6 months. You need to schedule a consultation with an attorney to discuss these issues more in depth.

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