My question involves grandparents rights in the State of: Florida
Hello, I am seeking advice on how to go about getting voluntary temporary legal guardianship and or custody of my 2 grandchild. Short promo: parents were young when they got married, they tried it for about 4 yrs and its just not working out for them so they have decided to get a divorce. They are trying to go through a simpler non contested divorce with idea to remain friends and co parents--shared custody. However she has no real means to support herself beside child support. And we recognize that there are programs out there to assist, but what she really wants to do is to go to college.
I am supporting her this decision because she needs some education as she has never worked outside of the home. She wants the opportunity I think to grow up, she was 18 when she had her first baby. And I think she needs time to grow up too. He does work and he does go to school already, but think he needs some time as well. So my husband and myself have offered to take the babies in on temporary bases so she can go to school full time as well. She wants to get a apartment near the school or to reside in dorm. So knock wood there are no battle here. This would just be on a temporary bases, a yr at least perhaps longer if she decides to further her education after she’s complete the program she has enrolled in.
What I need to know is what my husband and I will need so that we can get the babies on our insurance--and be able to make decision with regards to medical care etc in their--the parents absence. And the kids have agreed to pay child support to us/ and or to help support them while the babies are living with us and they are rebuilding own lives. And I do not really care about that, other than fact that they need to be financially responsible for the babies because this is all part of the package of maturity and being a parent. My husband and I have all along financially helped them, so this will continue to a certain extent. I am just trying to find out if there is a means to go at this, get a legal temporary guardianship and or custody without having to go the expense of an attorney. We reside in Florida. And this is not a case of grandparents trying to seek full custody. As mentioned the plan is just a temporary situation.
Thanks in advance for any assistance, advice and tips.