Florida senators vote for shared parenting


The Florida Senate has passed a bill which would make shared parenting the default arrangement in divorce.

Senate Bill 250 states that it is in the best of interests of children to spend equal amounts of time with both parents following family breakdown. Currently family courts in the southeastern state must weigh up 20 different criteria before making a decision on how much time children should spend with each parent.

The bill was passed by 23 votes to 15 and now proceeds to the lower house of the state legislature, the Florida House of Representatives. It may stall there given the current passage of House Bill 455 which would reform alimony. This does not containchild-sharing provisions.

House Rules Chairman Ritch Workman said representatives were reluctant to consider other marital issues that might interfere with the alimony reform effort in the light of previous controversies.

He said:

“Anything to do with not alimony is not germane in the House.”

The bill was sponsored by Republican Senator Tom Lee who represents District 24 in the middle of the state.

Photo of the Florida Capitol building in Tallahassee by Ahren via Flickr

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Terrance Power - February 25, 2016 at 3:09pm

Representative Workman’s position unfortunately represent his own self-interests and not those of the House members. If he truly has Florida’s family’s best interests as his priority instead of the well-funded divorce attorney lobby, he’ll support an alimony reform bill even if it’s not ideal from his own perspective.

Stay tuned.

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