WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Rick Scott's veto to the Florida alimony reform bill put an end to weeks of intense lobbying and suspense which caused an avalanche of more than 11,000 calls and emails to his office.
His response was, "As a husband, father and grandfather, I understand the importance of family and the sensitivity and passion that comes with the subject of family law. As such, we should be judicious and carefully consider the long-term and real-life repercussions on Florida families."
The governor's issue was the provision in the bill (SB 668) that would require judges to begin divorce proceedings with a premise that both parents are entitled to approximately equal time with their children.
Although many were disappointed in his decision, one individual who expressed great disapproval was Matthew Brickman, founder of iMediate Inc., a prominent family and divorce group in Palm Beach County.
He opened by saying, "For forty years data has been collected showing the effects when a dad is not willing or even allowed to be in child's life on a regular basis. The Tender Years Doctrine and the mother state are no more in the state of Florida yet Rick Scott still denies equal timesharing between the mother and the father."
His full comments can be seen in the following video:
He went on to say, "As for alimony marriage equals indentured slavery after divorce. Scott believes slavery still should be the norm and not change. So much for making a difference."
Gov. Rick Scott has been under fire in the media recently when a woman at a Starbucks in downtown Gainesville recently gave him an earful on decisions on issues he made that she felt adversely affected her. The video can be seen here.
About Matthew Brickman:
Matthew Brickman has been certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a county civil family mediator who has worked in the 15th and 19th Judicial Circuit Courts since 2009 and 2006 respectively. He is also an appellate certified mediator who has mediated a variety of small claims, civil, and family cases that number in the hundreds.
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SOURCE iMediate Inc.