Lawmakers File Family Law Bills Ahead of Legislative Session

Lawmakers File Family Law Bills Ahead of Legislative Session By Legal Correspondent Robert Napper Lawmakers are filing bills at a fast and furious pace to be addressed as the Florida legislative session kicks off March 5, including two key proposed bills concerning family law. Florida House and Senate members will be considering bills that if passed would have ramifications on court cases involving children, as well as establish new rules for determining guardianship and jurisdictional issues. HB 677, known as the “Florida Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act”, sponsored by Rep. Wyman Duggan, R-Jacksonville, could bring sweeping changes including allowing the courts to consider foreign countries be treated the same as states jurisdictionally. The proposed bill is currently in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee and its sister bill, SB 1168, sponsored by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, has also been filed. If passed, the bill would…

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