Attorney Catherine W. Real was recently featured in a Tampa Channel 10 News segment regarding a pending
bill that could bring big changes to the way
child custody are determined for divorcing couples in Florida. The bill, which is awaiting
approval from Governor Rick Scott after being passed by the House, would
require judges to begin with the presumption that children should spend
equal time with each parent after a
divorce, as well as eliminate permanent alimony for future divorces.
Attorney Real spoke in favor of the bill. “The best model so far
is husband and wife working together to raise children,” Real said.
“Children need role models, not just female role models, male role
models.” Extensive research conducted by national parenting organizations
support Ms. Real’s opinions, showing that children have a lower
chance of dropping out of school or delinquency if both parents remain
active in their lives following a divorce. This law would have the same
effect in cases where a child’s parents are not married.
Governor Scott’s vetoed a similar bill that made it to his desk just
a few years ago. This new version does not allow couples to retroactively
change their existing custody orders. In addition, judges will still maintain
the right to use their discretion after weighing the specific factors
surrounding each case.
To see the full segment, head over to
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