Divorce Bill Passes Away at Florida House

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPS NEWS / WCJB) – Members of the State House spent more than an hour on Tuesday asking questions about child support reform before giving interim approval to the legislation, but all of that didn’t ‘was useless.

During divorces, children often become weapons, parents negotiating for a longer or shorter time in exchange for higher or lower alimony.

The Alimony Reform Law reportedly established a presumption that parents will share children equally.

“There is a parent who is an active drug addict. Would that assume that fifty-fifty is in the best interests of the child? Said Representative Emily Slosberg.

“So absolutely not,” said House sponsor representative Alex Rodrigues in response.

Time-sharing gave rise to dozens of questions upstairs in the house.

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“And like in any other court case, you prove that and the judge will determine whether the parent is able to care for their child or not,” Rodrigues said.

The current law describes 17 factors that judges must take into account in custody sentences, whether there has been abuse, neglect or drug use.

“The judge will always have to respect these seventeen to twenty factors,” Rodrigues said.

The 50/50 time division is not in the Senate version of the bill.

This is also what provoked the veto of the reform during its first vote in 2013.

The bill also limits the length of child support to half the length of a marriage, but a last minute amendment by the sponsor increases the length of marriages by more than 20 years.

“The judge can order alimony up to seventy-five percent of the marriage instead of the fifty in the underlying bill,” Rodrigues said.

And late Tuesday afternoon, it became clear that the bill could not survive the Senate Rules Committee.

Sponsor Joe Gruters retired him for the remainder of the year, saying he will be back next year.

It’s unclear whether the House will spend hours debating and passing child support reform on Wednesday in hopes the legislation can be revived in the Senate.

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