Florida Declines Jurisdiction Over Every Baby Conceived on Vacation There

It is completely contrary to the legislative goals of the UCCJEA for Florida to assert jurisdiction to superintend the custody, shared parental responsibility, and visitation where the child is not and has never been a resident of this state. The mere fact of conception in this state is not such a tie to permit the […]

Leave Them Kids Alone

My favorite letter to the editor today. From jacksonville.com: SAGGY PANTS Leave kids alone I’m probably going to be the sole dissenter concerning the article Monday about teen fashion of wearing pants low. I am an adult with a college degree, and I feel that other adults are making far too big of a deal […]

ACLU and Navy Vet Sue DCF Over Drug Testing

The Tampa Bay Online is reporting and my inbox was blowing up all night: the ACLU has filed suit against DCF Secretary Wilkins (in his official capacity of course) over the mandatory drug testing of TANF recipients. The lawsuit was inevitable, but the big question on everybody’s lips today is: will they serve Wilkins at […]

How Often Does Florida DCF Get Sued and Lose Big?

The numbers don’t match up and there’s no explanation of why. For example, there were 19 sex abuse cases, but only 17 perpetrators. I’d also like to see the cases they lost/settled under $15,000. If there are 200 of those, then that’s significant. I’d also like an explanation as to why risk outlays plummeted 66% […]

A Small Pharmacy in Her Purse

On appeal, the mother argues that drug tests showing the use of drugs prescribed to her cannot support the conclusion that she failed to substantially comply with her case plan. Certainly, the legitimate use of prescribed medications should not lead to a parent’s loss of parental rights, but that is not the situation here. On […]