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March 17, 2016
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Last week, the Florida Legislature passed the most impressive parenting and alimony reform bill in the country this year. It did so by approximately a 2 - 1 margin. The bill now sits on Governor Rick Scott’s desk awaiting his signature or his veto. It is urgent that proponents of shared parenting and alimony reform let Governor Scott know how important this legislation is for the well-being of children and the fairness of spousal support. If you haven’t already sent Governor Scott your endorsement of the enacted legislation, please do so immediately. If you’ve sent him one email, send him another.

The usual opponents of shared parenting and alimony reform are strenuously pressing their case to the governor as one op-ed last week demonstrated. Here and here are my responses to the misogynistic and threadbare arguments made in that op-ed. Unsurprisingly, the person writing the op-ed is a family lawyer eager to protect his income stream from custody and alimony cases that SB 668 would do so much to reduce.

Here’s Governor Scott’s contact information:

[email protected]


Be polite, calm and fact-based. But email him or call him today. Right now, this is the most important issued before family law reform advocates. The Legislature has spoken, but SB 668 isn’t yet the law. The time is now.

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