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Bill prohibits foreign family law in state courts

TALLAHASSEE — A measure that would limit the recognition of family law from other countries in the state's courts has passed the Florida Legislature.

The House passed the bill 78-40 on Wednesday after accusations from detractors that the measure is based in anti-Islamic sentiment and addresses no existing problem. Supporters of the bill (SB 386) say it is a matter of integrating prior case law into existing law and has no basis in disdain for any culture.

The bill addresses the application of foreign laws in cases involving family law, including divorce, alimony, child support and child custody.

Several states have similar laws, including Arizona, South Dakota and Kansas.

The Senate previously passed the bill, which now goes to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott.

Bill prohibits foreign family law in state courts 04/30/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:06pm]
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