Miami, FL- Despite the loud voices of advocates and parents, Governor Rick Scott vetoed SB 668 which would have ended lifetime alimony and changed the way child custody is decided. Although the legislation had broad support from family law advocates, Gov. Scott tanked the legislation, which begs the question: Why?
The Sun Sentinel characterized the bill’s veto as a win for one party and one party only, the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. The paper was highly critical of the Governor Scott’s veto, expressing their ire with three articles soon after he refused to sign the legislation.
Some parents did not like child custody provisions included in SB 668 and spent weeks lobbying Gov. Scott to veto the bill. One mother we previously wrote about objected to the law because she believes a child needs stability and shouldn’t be moving from house to house every week.
So, why did Gov. Scott veto the bill?Past behaviors can impact the outcome of a child custody case.
Speaking with WTSP, one Florida divorce attorney said he believed Gov. Scott “felt that the primary emphasis needed to be the best interest of the child.” Although the legislation outlined the best interest of the child, it begins with the idea that shared custody is where negotiations should start, instead of an arrangement that is arrived at through careful consideration.
In a statement, Gov. Scott wrote, according to WSVN, “Current law directs a judge to consider the needs and interests of the child first when determining a parenting plan.” Scott explained, “This bill has the potential to up-end that policy for putting the wants of a parent before the child’s best interest by creating a premise of equal time-sharing. Our judges must consider each family’s unique situation and abilities and put the best interests of the child above all else.”A lawyer can make child custody easier to decide.
This is the second time this alimony bill has been sent to the governor, and it will likely make its way to his desk again after its been tweaked.
Many people felt as though the alimony provision, which ended lifetime alimony and capped the amount of time a spouse had to pay 20 years, was a good idea and the change was needed. Many people in Florida’s legal community agreed, but that will have to wait.
Child custody is such an emotionally wrought issue that it can make divorce talks break down quickly and leave couples unable or unwilling to come up with a satisfactory child custody arrangement. That is why, when child custody is an issue, a divorcing couple should retain a divorce lawyer in Miami, Florida to help them with the hard issues.
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