As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis puts his signature on several bills, the state’s family law landscape is set to undergo a dramatic transformation. Vasquez de Lara Law Group, a leading Miami-based family law firm, details the implementation.
MIAMI, FL, November 06, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — With a reputation for excellence, Vasquez de Lara Law Group has long been at the forefront of family law matters in Miami. Now, they have positioned themselves as pioneers of change by providing this information regarding the new legislation that will change how families navigate legal challenges.
These groundbreaking bills, signed into law by Governor DeSantis, are poised to have a profound impact on various aspects of family law. From divorce and child custody to alimony and property division, these changes promise to reshape the very fabric of family law in the state.
Vanessa Vasquez de Lara, the firm’s owner and family law attorney, highlights four of the most significant changes that Floridians need to be aware of. “There have been many new laws passed in Florida in 2023, and several will affect family law, paternity, alimony, time-sharing, and child abuse statutes. As a Floridian, it’s important to stay aware of these changes because even if they don’t affect you directly, they will likely affect somebody you know.”
Here are four of the biggest changes to family law that Floridians need to know:
1. Paternity Law Update
Previously, paternity was only an issue when the parents of a child were not married. Under the new laws, signing the birth certificate for a father automatically makes him a legal father and a natural guardian, entitling him to parental rights. This change allows both parents to become natural guardians, a departure from the previous system where only the mother held this status.
Vanessa Vasquez de Lara comments, “This is a significant change in Florida family law, as it ensures that both parents have legal rights and responsibilities for their children, regardless of their marital status.” While this doesn’t afford the father all the time-sharing and parental responsibilities, if the parties separate and want to create a schedule, they must go through the courts.
2. Alimony Reform
The new laws eliminate permanent alimony, which requires one spouse to pay the other until death or remarriage. Instead, alimony will be calculated based on the duration of the marriage. For long-term marriages (now defined as 20 years or more), the maximum alimony duration is 75% of the length of the marriage. This change provides a more equitable approach to alimony payments.
Vasquez de Lara explains, “The reform in alimony laws aims to create a fairer system by basing the duration of alimony on the length of the marriage. This change takes into account the evolving dynamics of modern relationships.”
3. Modification of the Time-Sharing Schedule
The new laws ease the process of modifying time-sharing schedules, allowing parents to request changes more easily. Previously, a significant and permanent change in a parent’s situation had to be demonstrated. Now, the requirement for an “unforeseen” change has been removed, making it simpler for parents to modify their time-sharing schedule.
Vasquez de Lara notes, “This change allows parents to adapt their time-sharing schedules more effectively, ensuring that the child’s best interests are met as circumstances evolve.”
4. Ban on Gender-Affirming Care
Under the new Florida law, gender-affirming care, including hormone blockers and gender-altering surgery, has been banned. Importantly, even if a parent takes their child out of state to receive such treatment, they can be charged with child abuse if they are a Florida resident. This has significant implications for parents who disagree on the appropriate care for their child.
Vasquez de Lara emphasizes, “While we do not comment on the law itself, it is crucial for parents to be aware of this change and its potential impact on parental responsibility and time-sharing schedules.”
Support and Guidance in the Face of Family Law Changes
Navigating the legal intricacies of newly enacted family laws in Florida can be daunting for individuals. However, seeking the assistance of an attorney can greatly ease this process. With their in-depth knowledge and expertise in family law, attorneys can guide individuals through the legal maze and help them understand the implications of these new laws on their specific circumstances.
Attorneys can provide personalized advice, explain legal jargon, and assist in filing necessary paperwork, ensuring compliance with the new regulations. By having an attorney by their side, individuals can confidently navigate the complex legal landscape and protect their rights and interests.
As family law is a state-specific issue, Vasquez de Lara Law Group encourages individuals to stay informed about the evolving family laws in Florida. By working with their law firm, clients can stay updated on any changes and confidently navigate the complexities of family law.
For more information about the firm or for assistance with a family law matter in Miami, please visit their website at https://www.familylawprotection.com/.
About Vasquez de Lara Law Group
Vasquez de Lara Law Group is a Florida law firm with an experienced team of Miami family law attorneys. Serving areas like Aventura, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Miami Beach, and other areas of South Florida, the law firm handles a range of family law practice areas, including divorce, mediation, child custody, paternity, and alimony.
Book a consultation with a highly-rated Miami divorce lawyer at Vasquez de Lara Law Group. The law office is located at 7700 N Kendall Dr., Suite 607, Miami, FL 33156.
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