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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
...she said.

But Workman said the legislation would provide certainty for divorcing couples, who now are dependent on judges' discretion about alimony.

The proposal "solves so many different problems that have been plaguing this state for so many years," Workman said.

"The inequality in alimony … and the gamesmanship that is used to keep one party indebted to the other, and the ripping apart of families that has caused, is solved in this bill," he said. "Giving certainty to divorcing couples for the first time in this state will be a healing mechanism."  ~  Read more


Ø - We will not accept anything less than a right in law to see our children.ØWe will not accept anything less than equality of parenting and the same rights as mothers.Ø - We will not accept the bigoted and prejudicial  discrimination against fathers on the basis of gender.ØWe will not be treated as second–class parents in our own country.Ø - We will not let grandparents be separated from their grandchildren in secret courts.ØWe will not let our children be separated from their brothers and sisters in secret courts.Ø - We will not let our sons be discriminated against like their fathers when they grow older.ØWe will not accept that the government acts in ‘the  child’s best interest’ when it has no evidence to support this claim.Ø - We will not accept secret courts or an unelected,  unaccountable and immune judiciary.ØWe will not accept the silencing of parents and  children who speak out against secret courts.Ø - We will not accept the catastrophic social and economic legacy created by policies which have left a generation fatherless.

No child should be denied their human right to a father.

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