Saturday

Give children as much time with both parents as possible


As a parent, you probably want to make sure that you get to see your child as often as possible after divorce. In many states, it's assumed that parents should share custody, but that's not exactly the case in Florida.

Is shared parenting the law in Florida?

A new Florida law to propose and enact shared parenting time was proposed recently, but the governor decided to veto it. According to the law, permanent alimony would have been ended and shared parenting strategies would have been determined in court. The goal would be to give children as much time with both parents as possible; in many cases, the time would be split as close to equal as it could be.

In the past, it was not uncommon to see women get child custody and for fathers to have visitation only on weekends or holidays. That was particularly common because of the belief that mothers were best suited to caring for their children. That isn't always the way people think today, but the laws in Florida still don't protect fathers by making child custody arrangements based on equal or close-to-equal custody guidelines.

Is shared parenting better for children?

Some would say so, and around 70 percent of the public does support shared parenting overall. Despite the fact that it has a heavy backing, the way the laws work in Florida don't support shared parenting and encourage the courts to break up child custody in whatever way is best suited in the situation, even if that limits a child's time with one parent.

Gov. Rick Scott signs budget, vetoes $256 million in line-itemsFor the second time, lawmakers are sending an alimony overhaul to Gov. Rick Scott, who vetoed a previous attempt at rewriting Florida's divorce statutes three...


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"This is people's lives that we are playing with. We cannot afford to play games with people's lives. We need to think about the real-life consequences of this bill," 

REMEMBER - the last time the Florida Alimony Reform bill was on Governor Scott's desk, he vetoed it.It's now sitting...
Posted by Florida Alimony Reform on Monday, March 14, 2016

Tuesday

Open Letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott!

...by Men's Rights Group of Arizona

Our Open Letter to

Florida Governor Rick Scott



Please Sign Bill 668 For the Children of Florida

Dear Governor Scott,
The Men’s Rights Group of Arizona strongly urge you to sign SB 668. This Bill will bring Florida into the 21st Century with Alimony Reform and require shared parenting time.
Florida’s current Alimony Laws are archaic and more closely resemble the family and economic structures of the 1950’s than the realities of the many family forms of 2016. SB 668 will bring economic justice and equal opportunity to divorcing husbands and wives as well as enhancing harmony in the post-divorce family by attenuating conflicts over money.
Your state’s Bill (SB 668) is widely supported in your state and allow for a more equal shared parenting component currently missing in family law. The Men’s Rights Group of Arizona believe Family Law should follow sociological research. One of the most consistently and strongly replicated findings in family social science research is that the children of divorce fare best in family forms that maximize the involvement of both parents in the child’s life. The worst developmental outcomes come from single mother families which are supported by current women headed households.
In 2013, Arizona passed the first joint parenting law in the nation and it has been a great success. The Men's Rights Group of Arizona along with many other organizations have followed this new law and it showed children are thriving as compared to mother headed households.
We strongly encourage our members and others who believe in the necessity of such reforms to contact Governor Scott immediately at: www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/ and/or Rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com , and/or 850-717-9337
Respectfully,
Richard Cassalata M.Ed., ABD

Director, Men’s Rights Group of Arizona LLC

Open Letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott!

...by Men's Rights Group of Arizona

Our Open Letter to

Florida Governor Rick Scott


Please Sign Bill 668 For the Children of Florida


Dear Governor Scott,
The Men’s Rights Group of Arizona strongly urge you to sign SB 668. This Bill will bring Florida into the 21st Century with Alimony Reform and require shared parenting time.
Florida’s current Alimony Laws are archaic and more closely resemble the family and economic structures of the 1950’s than the realities of the many family forms of 2016. SB 668 will bring economic justice and equal opportunity to divorcing husbands and wives as well as enhancing harmony in the post-divorce family by attenuating conflicts over money.
Your state’s Bill (SB 668) is widely supported in your state and allow for a more equal shared parenting component currently missing in family law. The Men’s Rights Group of Arizona believe Family Law should follow sociological research. One of the most consistently and strongly replicated findings in family social science research is that the children of divorce fare best in family forms that maximize the involvement of both parents in the child’s life. The worst developmental outcomes come from single mother families which are supported by current women headed households.
In 2013, Arizona passed the first joint parenting law in the nation and it has been a great success. The Men's Rights Group of Arizona along with many other organizations have followed this new law and it showed children are thriving as compared to mother headed households.
We strongly encourage our members and others who believe in the necessity of such reforms to contact Governor Scott immediately at: www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/ and/or Rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com , and/or 850-717-9337
Respectfully,
Richard Cassalata M.Ed., ABD

Director, Men’s Rights Group of Arizona LLC

Thursday

Florida foster care abuse attorney and life-long advocate for children's rights, will be honored with the University of Miami Law School


"No one sets out on their career in pursuit of such honors, so it's humbling to be recognized for the work my team and I have done on behalf of the voiceless victims in our community,"
He has been recognized for his efforts with The Florida Bar's "President's Award of Merit" and the Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award for the 17th Judicial Circuit. In May, Talenfeld will receive the Professional Excellence Award from the Daily Business Review, and was a past recipient of its Most Effective Lawyer award in the Pro Bono category. He also received Legal Aid's Russell Carlisle Award for child advocacy law. He also is founding president of Florida's Children First, the state's preeminent non-profit that advocates for foster children and the developmentally disabled.
"Howard was a natural for this award. We're very proud of his pioneering work for children's causes," said Edward R. Shohat, a Miami attorney and president of the Law Alumni Association. "The association represents over 30,000 alumni around the world, and Howard is an excellent ambassador for the school."
"Howard exemplifies the characteristics and qualities that make for a great lawyer," added Todd S. Payne, past president of the Law Alumni Association and chair of its National Advisory Council. "When you match great lawyering skills with someone who serves others, particularly those less capable of helping themselves, that's a person deserving of recognition."

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