Custody - FL
I applied for my daughters passport - her dad signed the birth certificate but he has been absent from her life for over 10 years. She’s 12 now. & the last I heard he got out of jail for the second time & is now married. Even though I don’t have any documentated proof - I don’t feel as if she would be safe or even me once he knows I want to file for full custody since he has been a ghost. But anyways they denied her passport application with the form that explains he has been absent and idk where he is & said he needs to indeed provide documentation or I need to file for full custody. They won’t give me a refund for her passport application fee and idk how to contact him and honestly don’t want to. He’s not on child support or anything I have been doing this 100% alone since she was a baby.
I want to file for full custody. Do I need to get a lawyer? I know he has rights since he signed her BC but my daughter has made it clear she wants NOTHING to do with him ever and doesn’t want to build a relationship with him. If I file for full custody & he magically decides he wants to be a father would the courts side with him in any way? Even if my daughter wants nothing to do with him
Also, I’m moving to a new state in a few weeks should I file in FL or my new state. He lives in FL - I think