Florida family law versus foreign law

People come from all walks for life and from all over the world in the United States. Some follow their traditional, cultural and religious practices. However, there are times, particularly when it comes to family law, when religious law pertaining to divorce may conflicts with family law. Floridians will find it interesting to learn that according to reports, the Florida state legislature is attempting to pass a 'foreign law' bill which in essences bans courts and other legal authorities from using religious or foreign law as part of a legal decision when it comes to family law issues.

In essence, when it comes to issues such as property division, child custody and support, spousal maintenance and divorce, Florida law will take precedence over 'foreign law'. However, Jewish organizations, Islamic organizations and the ACLU have opposed the bill. These organizations state that the bill is discriminatory and targets communities. A supporter of the bill, on the other hand state that it is aimed at preventing a potential problem in the Floridian family court system. The bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee but it has many more committees to go through. The same bill passed the State House last year but died in the State Senate

Divorce is not an easy process for anyone. It can get complex particularly when it comes to child custody and support issues, property division, and spousal maintenance issues. Sometimes the parties involved in a divorce may in the best interest of the children and parties, agree to terms between themselves. Even though mutual agreement between parties is a wise for a good resolution, it is important to ensure that one party is not getting short-changed and their rights are being protected.

For anyone from any walk of life in the process of a divorce, should consult with a competent and experienced family law attorney to understand one's rights, obligations and ensure that the best interest of the children and person are taken into account.

Source: Bradenton Herald, "'Anti-Sharia' law is back at Florida Legislature," March 7, 2013

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