Azevedo v. Florida Department of Revenue Child Support Customer Services
ORDER adopting 12 Report and Recommendations; denying 2 Motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis/affidavit of indigency. On or before Tuesday, November 21, 2017, Plaintiff may file an amended pleading. Signed by Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. on 11/7/2017. (VMF)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
JOSE PEDRO AZEVEDO,
Case No. 6:17-cv-1304-Orl-37GJK
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
REVENUE CHILD SUPPORT
Although difficult to parse, pro se Plaintiff Jose Pedro Azevedo seemingly requests
that the Court disestablish paternity and remove his name from a birth certificate as the
legal father. (See Doc. 1, ¶ 38.) As grounds, Plaintiff claims that Defendant obtained his
signatures on acknowledgments of paternity through fraud and duress. (See id. ¶ 2.)
Simultaneously with the Complaint, Plaintiff filed a motion to proceed in forma pauperis.
(Doc. 2 (“IFP Motion”).) On referral, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Kelly, recommends
that the Court dismiss the Complaint without prejudice, deny the IFP Motion, and grant
Plaintiff leave to file an amended pleading. (Doc. 12 (“R&R”).)
In his R&R, Magistrate Judge Kelly identifies a number of problems. To begin, the
Complaint does not specifically allege the basis for the Court’s jurisdiction. (Id. at 4.)
Diversity jurisdiction appears to be foreclosed because both Plaintiff and Defendant are
citizens of Florida. (Id.) And, although Plaintiff mentions violations of his First
Amendment and due process rights, which would invoke the Court’s federal question
jurisdiction, he provides no specific allegations for how Defendant violated those rights.
(Id.) Additionally, the R&R notes that the Court lacks jurisdiction because Plaintiff’s
challenge to the establishment of his paternity and child support obligations is generally
one not within the purview of federal courts. (See id. at 5–6.)
The parties did not object to the R&R, and the time for doing so has now passed.
As such, the Court has examined the R&R only for clear error. See Wiand v. Wells Fargo
Bank, N.A., No. 8:12-cv-557-T-27EAJ, 2016 WL 355490, at *1 (M.D. Fla. Jan. 28, 2016); see
also Marcort v. Prem, Inc., 208 F. App’x 781, 784 (11th Cir. 2006). Finding no clear error, the
Court concludes that the R&R is due to be adopted in its entirety.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED AND ADJUDGED as follows:
U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Kelly’s Report and Recommendation
(Doc. 12) is ADOPTED, CONFIRMED, and made a part of this Order.
Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Doc. 2) is
Plaintiff’s Complaint (Doc. 1) is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
On or before Tuesday, November 21, 2017, Plaintiff may file an amended
pleading that sets forth: (a) the basis on which the Court has subject matter
jurisdiction; (b) what rights under the Constitution, laws, or treaties of the
United States or otherwise have allegedly been violated by Defendant; (c) a
short and plain statement of facts as to each claim and the Defendant’s
involvement in the violation alleged in each claim; (d) how Plaintiff has
been damaged or injured by Defendant’s actions or omissions; and (e) a
clear statement of the relief sought. Failure to timely file will result in
closure of this action without further notice.
At the time Plaintiff files his amended pleading, he shall also file a renewed
motion to proceed in forma pauperis using an approved form or pay the full
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers in Orlando, Florida, on November 7, 2017.
Pro se party
Counsel of Record
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