Sen. Jeremy Ring points out what is MISSING from alimony legislation including attorney fee caps, citing this as the single biggest issue in Family Law, and, without addressing this issue, he and many others cannot support similar proposed Family Law legislation. Curious then, that the Florida Bar FLS leadership now SUPPORTS destructive anti-woman, anti-child, anti-stay-at-home mother, anti-family bills like Sen. Kelli Stargel‘s and Rep. Colleen Burton’s Family Law/Alimony Reform Legislation. Clearly, Florida needs an independent Task Force created to properly study Family Law/Alimony Reform legislation to ensure that it is properly vetted, based on economic FACTS, and not harmful to Florida’s vulnerable mothers, women and children for whom attorneys fees are typically out of reach. In 2016, the bills again support wealthy breadwinners, disregard the issue of attorney fees, all while creating a wealth of work for Florida attorneys.
Senate passes bill that helps give divorced parents equal time with their children | Tampa Bay Times ~~ This article is very bias and discriminating. The writer cites extreme examples that very rarely happen in family courts to say that 50/50 timesharing may not be good. Perhaps the writer is a lawyer??
The Senate on Tuesday passed a change to divorce law that would require judges to presume that it is best for children to split time equally with both parents and to issue a detailed order if they deviate from that standard.
Under current law, judges are supposed to consider 20 criteria, the child’s best interests and “frequent and continuing contact with both parents” when they write an order. But Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, who sponsored the legislation (SB 250), says the child’s well-being is an end goal and that to accomplish that, it’s in the best interests of kids to split time evenly with both parents whenever possible.
The majority of senators agreed, passing Lee’s bill on a 23-15 vote. The legislation hasn’t been supported by the House yet, but other changes to divorce law remain under consideration.
“As we look at other child welfare polices that we enact, we always start with the assumption that if it’s in the best interest of the child, we want both parents involved and that we want both parents to take responsibility,” Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said.
Some research indicates children are likely to be better adjusted when parents have joint custody.
INDICATES CHILDREN ARE BETTER ADJUSTED WHEN PARENTS HAVE EQUAL JOINT CUSTODY (LEGAL AND PHYSICAL) !!!!
In 2002, Robert Bauserman, then a psychologist at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, compiled studies that compared children growing up in joint custody arrangements to those living with one parent.
In general, Bauserman found, children who spent some time with each parent had fewer behavioral problems, higher self-esteem and did better in school.
Parents, on the other hand, tend to be more satisfied if they don’t have to split time with their children with an ex-spouse, according to Bauserman.
BULLSHIT!!! NOT TRUE!!!!!!
But opponents to the timesharing bill, including Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, say there isn’t sufficient data to indicate that splitting time evenly between both parents is the ideal place to draw the line. They argue doing so could simply lead to backlogs in the courts as parents unhappy with their custody agreements ask judges to reconsider their timesharing.
Critics further raise concerns that creating a 50/50 starting point for court orders could prejudice judges and that it meddles too much with judicial discretion.
MORE BULLSHIT!!!! CREATING 50/50 PRESUMPTION WILL ELIMINATE JUDICIAL PREJUDICE AND STOP ABSOLUTE JUDICIAL DISCRETION WHICH IS WHAT IS HARMING FAMILIES NOW!!!!
OK HERE COMES MORE BULLSHIT!!!!
CASES LIKE THIS EXAMPLE POORLY CITED BELOW ARE LESS THAN 2% OF HIGH-CONFLICT FAMILY COURT CASES AND IRRELEVANT TO THIS ISSUE!!!
Take, for instance, a case when one parent has been convicted of a serious crime. While judges are supposed to consider that factor when issuing an order in these cases, Joyner and others worried that a judge may feel compelled to err on the side of giving both parents as close to equal time with children as possible.
“Setting a place for judges to start, I think, is prejudicing them before the case even begins,” Clemens said.
Lee disagrees. The legislation allows judges to deviate from the 50/50 timesharing based on the 20 criteria judges use under current law and two additional issues.
What’s more, he said, it’s a civil rights issue.
“We have legislation moving year in and year out — some this year — that is designed to create equal rights, but somehow when it comes to the courts it’s not important?” Lee said.
Even with the support of a powerful advocate like Lee, it’s unclear if the bill will reach the governor’s desk to become law.
The timesharing issue has been caught up in broader debate in the Senate over reforming alimony and divorce laws. The House’s current version (HB 455) doesn’t include timesharing provisions, but it could be changed as alimony reform supporters in the two chambers negotiate details.
Senate passes bill that helps give divorced parents equal time with their children 02/23/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 8:33pm] Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Contact Michael Auslen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @MichaelAuslen. Photo reprints | Article reprints | © 2016 Tampa Bay Times