Senate Bill 668 would harm children and further weaken the institution of marriage in Florida. Please contact Governor Scott to ask him to veto this bill.
SB 668 attempts to loosen protections, reduce marital obligations, and impose a one-size-fits-all formula on alimony and child custody decisions. Spouses, particularly wives, who have invested their lives in the important work of raising children, will be more economically vulnerable in the face of a divorce because of this bill. Perhaps it is well intentioned, but the bill would result in reducing marriage to no more than a contract that can be easily nullified with little consequence for the party most at fault in the break-up.
The bill directs judges to start with the assumption that a 50-50 split for child custody is the best arrangement. No two families are alike, and neither are any two divorces. That is why the bill’s casting aside of case-by-case judicial discretion in favor of a one-size-fits-all plan for determining child custody is not the right course. When it comes to children, judges should start with the question of what is best for them in a difficult situation, not with the assumption that an equal split between both parents is in their best interests.
This bill will harm families and children. Please contact Governor Scott right away and ask him to veto SB 668.
You may call Governor Scott’s office at (850) 488-7146.
You may also reach out to him online at http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/.