Florida Senate Committee Approves Domestic Partnership Registry, but Further Progress Unlikely
Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2013 - A Florida Senate committee advanced a bill to create a statewide domestic partner registry.
Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases pertaining to gay marriage, the Senate panel approved legislation that would grant specific rights to domestic partnerships, including same-sex couples.
“This is a step forward for same-sex couples and other unmarried domestic partners in Florida,” said Tampa family lawyer Joshua Law. “These individuals often have a difficult time pursuing legal arrangements that are automatically bestowed upon married couples.”
The Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs approved SB 196 by a vote of 5-4 without any debate from legislators or testimony from supporters. The vote had been postponed twice.
Advocates said the committee passage – the first of its kind for the Florida Legislature – was a strong statement in favor of rights for same-sex couples in Florida, but acknowledged the bill is a long-shot to become law this year.
In order to be considered by the entire Senate, the bill must first be approved by four more committees, all controlled by Republicans, who have expressed little interest in the proposal. The committee that heard and approved the legislation is chaired by Senator Eleanor Sobel, a Democrat. A companion bill was introduced in the Florida House of Representatives, but with no scheduled hearings before any House committees, it appears unlikely the bill will be considered.
The bill would create a statewide registry of both same-sex and opposite-sex unmarried partners and guarantee those couples specific rights, including hospital and prison visitation, medical and funeral decision-making, and inheritance.
Eighteen Florida municipalities have created local domestic registries, including Tampa and Pinellas County. A proposed registry for Hillsborough County was narrowly defeated in January.
In 2008, Florida voters passed a referendum amending the state constitution to define marriage as a union of a man and a woman.
Presently, 19 states and the District of Columbia either allow same-sex marriages or recognize domestic partnerships and civil unions.
“A family law attorney can help with the legal arrangements necessary to replicate the rights and protections these registries achieve,” added Mr. Law. “I recommend any unmarried Florida couples speak with an experienced family lawyer at their earliest opportunity.”
Osenton Law Office, PA
500 Lithia Pinecrest Road
Brandon, Florida 33511
Call: (813) 654-5777
- Special Limits on Wage Garnishment
In a previous blog post, http://www.brandonlawoffice.com/2016/06/heres-how-much-of-your-wages-can-be-garnished-to-pay-your-debts, we covered the broad limitations that federal and state laws place on wage garnishment. Wage garnishment is when a creditor sues you to have part of your income diverted directly to them to pay your debts. There are certain general limitations on how much of your income may be […]
- Here’s how much of your wages can be garnished to pay your debts
If you do not pay your debts, your creditors may try to take a portion of your income directly from your employer. This is called wage garnishment. Fortunately, there are limits to how much of your income may be garnished so that you can hopefully keep paying your basic living expenses. The limits are based […]
- Another family law reform bill falls to Gov. Scott’s veto pen
Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a contentious bill that would have reformed the state’s alimony system and altered rules on child custody in divorces. The bill would have required judges in divorce proceedings to adopt a premise for approximately equal time-sharing of children between spouses. Judges could adjust the split based on 20 factors listed […]
See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: attorney, brandon custody attorney, brandon custody lawyer, brandon divorce attorney, brandon divorce lawyer, brandon family law attorney, brandon family lawyer, brandon lawyers, Florida, Osenton Law Office, PA, tampa custody attorney, tampa divorce lawyer, tampa family lawyer