My son’s mother has every other weekend, half the summer and alternating holidays. Last week, I found out that the boyfriend she is living with is dealing drugs out of the house. The SWAT team raided their house and found meth, bath salts, cocaine, and items used to distribute these. They also found his younger brother asleep next to the dresser that was filled with these drugs. My son also just told me he has SEEN the drug dealing. Five months prior, Dcf came to my residence and asked to speak to my son due to someone complaining about drug dealing from the home. His mother angrily blamed me for the call. His mother has not worked since June 2017 and her boyfriend also does not work, yet they live in a nice home and buy my son extravagant gifts. Dcf did not notify me and they stated the mother was not arrested due to her claiming she had no idea that the drugs were being dealt out of the home and the boyfriend took the blame for it all. After much worry and assertive complaining to DCF, she now has supervised visits until they investigate further. Im terrified to send him back. Will I have a chance at sole custody? Her family is very wealthy so I bet she will get away scotch free
There is no such thing as custody anymore in the state of Florida. There is time sharing and parental responsibility. If you want to modify the time sharing to keep it supervised, you will need to file a supplemental petition to modify you last order alleging there has been a substantial and material change of circumstances since the entry of your last order. She would need to be served with a copy of the order. Since DCF has investigated and has not done a shelter hearing, they do not feel the child is in danger of abuse, abandonment or neglect. You could attempt to file an emergency motion but most of the time the courts in Alachua county do not grant emergency motions. You should probably schedule a consult with a family law attorney who can explain all the options that are available to you. You might also want to take your child to the doctor to verify that there are no drugs in his system from breathing the fumes. Best of luck to you.
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