From chatting over a meal and playing in the park to reading a bedtime story or just staring at the clouds together, ask any parent and they will tell you that the best part of being a mother or father is the little things.
Indeed, most parents couldn’t or wouldn’t ever imagine a scenario in which they would effectively be removed from the lives of their children. The unfortunate reality, however, is that circumstances can — and do — change such that you may find yourself facing the unthinkable: termination of your parental rights.
While every parent’s case is unique, there are two avenues through which this typically occurs:
- The Florida Department of Children and Families, otherwise known as child protective services, launches an investigation into allegations of abandonment, abuse or neglect, and subsequently seeks to have a child removed from the home and placed into protective custody via the court system.
- A non-parental relative files a petition in the Unified Family Court seeking concurrent or temporary custody due to concerns that the parents are somehow unfit.
When confronted with these situations it’s understandable how a parent might experience a host of emotions ranging from outrage and anxiety to sadness and hopelessness.
At the Law Offices of Kelley A. Joseph, we understand how difficult non-parental custody cases can be for parents. Rest assured, we are wholly dedicated to guiding them through the entire process, breaking down the law, answering all of their questions and, most significantly, fighting to enforce their rights and protect their best interests.
If you are a parent in this difficult position, please visit our website to learn more about how we can help.