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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 751
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F.S. 751.03
751.03 Petition for temporary or concurrent custody; contents.Each petition for temporary or concurrent custody of a minor child must be verified by the petitioner, who must be an extended family member, and must contain statements, to the best of the petitioner’s knowledge and belief, providing:
(1) The name, date of birth, and current address of the child.
(2) The names and current addresses of the child’s parents.
(3) The names and current addresses of the persons with whom the child has lived during the past 5 years.
(4) The places where the child has lived during the past 5 years.
(5) Information concerning any custody proceeding in this or any other state with respect to the child.
(6) The residence and post office address of the petitioner.
(7) The petitioner’s relationship to the child.
(8) If concurrent custody is being requested:
(a) The time periods during the last 12 months that the child resided with the petitioner;
(b) The type of document, if any, provided by the parent or parents to enable the petitioner to act on behalf of the child;
(c) The services or actions that the petitioner is unable to obtain or undertake without an order of custody; and
(d) Whether each parent has consented in writing to the entry of an order of concurrent custody.

A copy of the written consent and any documents provided by the parent to assist the petitioner in obtaining services must be attached to the petition.

(9) If temporary custody is being requested, the consent of the child’s parents, or the specific acts or omissions of the parents which demonstrate that the parents have abused, abandoned, or neglected the child as defined in chapter 39.
(10) Any temporary or permanent orders for child support, the court entering the order, and the case number.
(11) Any temporary or permanent order for protection entered on behalf of or against either parent, the petitioner, or the child; the court entering the order; and the case number.
(12) That it is in the best interest of the child for the petitioner to have custody of the child.
(13) The period of time for which the petitioner is requesting temporary custody, including a statement of the reasons supporting that request.
(14) Any other provisions that are related to the best interest of the child, including, but not limited to, a reasonable plan for transitioning custody.
History.s. 4, ch. 93-104; s. 4, ch. 2006-167; s. 5, ch. 2010-30; s. 4, ch. 2020-146.