My sister is 8 years old. My mother passed away in September 2014. Mother never put either of us on her disability so I am caring for her out of pocket. Upon her passing, my Grandmother took her in and we both cared for her. Six months later, March 2015, my Grandmother passed away. My Uncle (ex-con, felon, drug dealer and user) tried to tell me that he was keeping her. We fought back and forth. I took her. since I took her, I've tried to get her medical care, in school, etc. but have been told I need guardianship paper. How do I get the needed documentation?
This is a complicated process for setting up a full guardianship. With your sister being a minor it is a little bit simpler. I will be glad to discuss with you as I am in Santa Rosa Beach.
My first question would be where is the father of this child? If he will sign a consent for you to have custody of the child, you can file a minor guardianship case. However, the father and all of the siblings will be required to consent for you to be guardian. If they will not consent, you can give them notice of the hearing.
Your second option would be to file a Petition for Temporary Custody of Minor Child by Extended Family. the requirements are basically the same, but you are in a different court. You can go online and find the forms to fill out for this order. The order gives you all the authority you need to enroll her in school, obtain medical services, etc. It would probably be better if you hired an attorney to help you with this, but you can do it on your own. But be aware that the judge will not hear your petition if all the requirements are not met.
Lastly, let me say that your uncle cannot be a guardian in Florida if he is a convicted felon.
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