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What can I do my drug addicted step-daughter lives with her father and me and I'm worried about our almost 2yr old grandson?: What options do I have to get the grandchild away from a drug addicted mother. Father is not in the picture and he is not a viable solution. Daughter goes to a methadone clinic but only seems to get more involved in drugs and we fear for the safety of the child when we are not around. Parent isn't abusive but we feel she may be neglecting the child.

Asked 2 months ago in Family

Cary’s answer: You should absolutely report this mother to the Department of Children and Families. If they find it appropriate, they will assign a case plan that the mother would need to work through. This is not a family law question, and this case would actually belong in dependency court (there's no option here on Avvo to switch it to that practice area). I do not practice dependency; I just know something about this because family law and dependency do intertwine in some cases. I suggest you consult with a lawyer who does. Best of luck to you.

Answered 2 months ago.


I got granted full custody of my child after the mom had not return back to Florida after violating a relocation law #childsuppo: The judge granted me full custody of my son since the mom didn’t compel with the judge’s order. What happens
If I can’t find the child or the mom isn’t at the address

Asked 2 months ago in Family

Cary’s answer: This is always a difficult issue to navigate. What I recommend to clients who can't find the other parent is to: a) hire a private investigator to perform a "skip trace," which can potentially find where they are, b) try to find out where the children are going to school and ask for their school records, which will contain an address, c) search social media postings to see if there is a location listed on any of the postings (or maybe they post a specific restaurant that can be found only in a specific town, which will give you guidance), d) try to ask mutual family/friends, if any, for help finding the children.

Also, this is more drastic, but Florida does have a statute that talks about what should happen in the case of criminal interference with child custody - Florida Statute 787.03(2). If a parent is found guilty of this, the crime is punishable by up to five (5) years in prison, five (5) years of probation, and a $5,000 fine. I am not a criminal lawyer and do not know whether your case qualifies, but I would recommend that you speak with a criminal lawyer who is familiar with these issues.

Best of luck to you.

Answered 2 months ago.


Mother had an order to return back to the state of Florida after violating the relocation law and disappear again ?:
So I had filed for my timeshare a while ago and had a hard time serving my children’s mother then in the middle of trying serve her she took off to another state . So I finally got her served and just recently got her ordered to return back with my children . Now I’m trying to see my children and she told me once she returns back “good luck finding me again “ what happens if I want my timeshare and can’t locate her once she returns

Asked 5 months ago in Family

Cary’s answer: This is always a difficult issue to navigate. What I recommend to clients who can't find the other parent is to: a) hire a private investigator to perform a "skip trace," which can potentially find where they are, b) try to find out where the children are going to school and ask for their school records, which will contain an address, c) search social media postings to see if there is a location listed on any of the postings (or maybe they post a specific restaurant that can be found only in a specific town, which will give you guidance), d) try to ask mutual family/friends, if any, for help finding the children.

Also, this is more drastic, but Florida does have a statute that talks about what should happen in the case of criminal interference with child custody - Florida Statute 787.03(2). If a parent is found guilty of this, the crime is punishable by up to five (5) years in prison, five (5) years of probation, and a $5,000 fine. I am not a criminal lawyer and do not know whether your case qualifies, but I would recommend that you speak with a criminal lawyer who is familiar with these issues.

Best of luck to you.

Answered 5 months ago.