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Florida statute would deal with foreign laws in state court cases

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2014 | Child Custody

Dealing with a divorce is difficult for almost everyone who has to go through it. Knowing the applicable laws that govern divorces in Florida might prove to be a challenge for some people. That challenge is often complicated when one of the parties who is divorcing tries to bring foreign laws, such as Sharia, into the already complex divorce proceedings. The Florida Senate Rules Committee currently has a statute that might change the way that divorce cases involving foreign laws are handled. SB 368, which has been approved by other committees, is based on similar bills in other states.

This statute, which must be approved by the committee before it can go before the full Senate, would prevent foreign laws from being considered in cases brought before Florida courts. A proponent of the statute, who is lobbying for it to pass, says that Sharia laws in particular are cruel to women. He says that a man who is Muslim can go to a Florida court and claim that he has the right to custody of the couple’s children under Sharia law. He says that American courts don’t operate in that manner, so the Florida legislature needs to make that clear to the courts.

Anyone who is facing a divorce might have questions about how the divorce will affect them. For people going through a divorce that involves children, child custody laws might be some of the laws that come into question. It is important for women, as well as men, to ensure that they are well informed of their rights according to U.S. laws and the laws of the state they reside in.

Source:, “FFA lobbying legislature to keep Sharia out of state courts” Chad Groening, Apr. 09, 2014