My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Florida
My boyfriend has had "temporary full custody" of his 3 y.o. son since April when the mother went into drug rehab(for the 15th time since the child was born). There was a open DCF case on her as well. The judge ordered his child support order be stopped, but his lawyer never turned in the paperwork from the judge he was supposed to, so my boyfriend ended up having to do everything himself. Another court date was in the process of being scheduled for the final custody hearing, but we found out the mother passed away from an overdose this week after being kicked out of rehab. His lawyer said he would still need to go to court for a custody hearing, but if the mother is deceased who would get custody other than her? Why would he need to go to a custody hearing if he is the only living parent?