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New set of rules introduced for Florida family law court

A new set of rules and procedures has been introduced for Florida family law court by the Florida Supreme Court. The rules created are aimed at simplifying the various processes of family law in the state. They also created new procedures and rules for issues brought in front of family court.

Multiple newly created forms were also released by the Family Law Rules Committee and subsequently approved by the Full Rules Committee and the Florida Bar Board of Governors.

The new rules will help to lighten the burden placed on litigants practicing in family law courts in Florida, especially those who represent themselves.

According to court documents, the committee stated, "The committee also contends that a stand-alone rule set will be helpful and less confusing for pro se litigants in that for most issues, they will not have to consult multiple sets of rules for guidance."

Civil arbitration rules that could have been applied to family law issues were removed under the new rules and procedures. When it comes to family law arbitration, the new Family Law Rules of Procedure do not have provisions in place. This is concerning for some lawmakers, who want to see at least part of the state's civil-procedure rules for arbitration added to the new rules.

Lawmakers hoping to add procedure rules surrounding arbitration have recommended the state adopt the ULC Family Law Arbitration Act. The same lawmakers have also recommended that restrictions be removed on cases involving children when it comes to using arbitration. Arbitration is not allowed under Florida law in cases involving child support or child visitation.

Lawmakers believe that arbitration, much like mediation, could help families save time and money if the process were allowed in cases of child support and child visitation.

The new rules and procedures took effect immediately after the Supreme Court released its opinion.

An experienced family law attorney can answer all of your questions about collaborative law and divorce in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Source: Florida Record, "Florida Supreme Court establishes a separate set of rules and procedures for family court," Richard Jones, April 04, 2017

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