Section 61.538, Florida Statutes
Role of state attorney.—
(1)In a case arising under this part or involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, the state attorney may take any lawful action, including resort to a proceeding under ss. 61.524-61.540 or any other available civil proceeding, to locate a child, obtain the return of a child, or enforce a child custody determination, if there is:
(a)An existing child custody determination;
(b)A request to do so from a court in a pending child custody proceeding;
(c)A reasonable belief that a criminal statute has been violated; or
(d)A reasonable belief that the child has been wrongfully removed or retained in violation of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
(2)A state attorney acting under this section acts on behalf of the court and may not represent any party.
History.—s. 5, ch. 2002-65.
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