When can you ask the Court for an emergency child pick-up order? If the other parent takes your child for timesharing and does not return the child, what can you do? What are your options if the child is taken out of the State of Florida?
An emergency pick-up order is an order signed by the Court that directs law enforcement to take your child from the person who has physical possession of the child and deliver the child to your custody. The process is started by filing a sworn motion and you must attach a certified birth certificate. If you have a judgment establishing paternity or a court order showing you have legal custody, you attach a certified copy to your motion.
Compliance with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) is a key to ensuring that Florida has jurisdiction. See Section 61.514, Fla. Stat. Florida must be the child’s home state for at least 6 months before the commencement of the proceeding, but there is an exception for emergencies. In Perez v. Giledes, 912 So.2d 32 (4th DCA 2005), the Court ruled that Florida could take jurisdiction to grant a mother an emergency child pick-up order allowing her to retrieve an out of wedlock child living with the father in Georgia. The mother was a Florida resident when the child was born, the child was born in Florida, and the mother returned to Florida after living in Georgia for a year or more between the birth of the child and the time of the order being entered. The father argued that the child had lived in Georgia for over 6 months because he had moved with the child and concealed his address. Because the mother had significant ties to Florida, she was allowed to have the child back and Florida had jurisdiction.
Navigating the rules and law surrounding jurisdiction and emergency pick-up orders can be complicated. You need an experienced Jacksonville divorce attorney to assist you. Contact the Norman Law, P.A. for a consultation.