She needs to get a lawyer immediately to file an emergency motion. she should also provide the police in Florida with a copy of the custody agreement so that they understand that she has joint custody and therefore they should be able to tell her about the well being of her child.
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If there is joint custody she can file a Motion in Court. It also depends how long the daughter has been "residing" in Florida. Hopefully not too long so that your friend can claim CT still has jurisdiction over the child. Feel free to have your friend contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-377-4111 to discuss this matter further. Regards, Thomas McCabe
As counsel pointed out, jurisdiction is important here. You do not indicate in which state the custody was determined - FL or CT. Has the daughter ever lived in CT? As Atty McCabe pointed out, if the custody order is from CT and if the daughter has been living outside the more than six months, the proper venue may be FL. She needs to speak to a family lawyer here in CT for a detailed opinion. Too many important facts are missing here. Please feel free to have your friend call me. (860) 242-2221
Brian S. Karpe, Esq. (860) 242-2221 Note: This response DOES NOT constitute legal advice and therefore no specific action should be taken in reliance thereon. No attorney-client relationship is created through this response. You should speak to an licensed attorney in your state who is competent to answer your question before taking any action with regard to this question.
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