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Seeking emergency custody in Florida family law court

Most child custody cases are relatively long and drawn out processes. Both sides are aware that there is a difference of opinion as to how to divide parenting time and responsibilities, and the process of negotiating custody follows a fairly predictable process. In some cases, however, custody issues arise on a sudden and unexpected basis, leaving Florida families in a position of having to launch a swift legal response. An example is found in the case of the daughter of the man who authorities believe is responsible for recent explosions that may have a link to terror groups.

The man was taken into custody after exchanging gunfire with police officers, wounding two in the process. He is now facing multiple attempted murder charges, as well as other federal charges in connection with the explosions. His bail is set at $5.2 million.

The man has a 9-year-old daughter who lives with her mother in an area a short distance away from the explosions. When the mother learned of the incident, she immediately took action to protect her child. She filed for emergency custody of the girl, and asked the court to terminate the father's parental rights. The judge in the case gave her full legal custody on a temporary basis, and suspended the alleged bomber's visitation rights. He also ordered that the man make no attempt to contact his daughter.

This case is an extreme example of a set of circumstances in which a parent might seek emergency custody. However, there are many other reasons that could lead a parent to take similar action. For those in Florida who are concerned about the safety of their child or children, it may be worthwhile to learn more about the process of obtaining emergency custody, and how such a move might influence the remainder of a child custody case.

Source: nj.com, "Mother of Ahmad Khan Rahami's child wins temporary sole custody", Tom Haydon, Sept. 21, 2016

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