Review of the New Child Custody Bill: Rapists Should Not Get Custody

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Theodore Enfield, a Miami Dade county attorney, reviews the child custody bill that prohibits convicted rapists from acquiring child custody rights.

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Theodore Enfield, a Miami Dade county attorney, announces - the bill which would prohibit a convicted rapist from having any custody rights if the rape resulted in a child has been unanimously approved by the state’s Senate Criminal Justice committee. The Florida House unanimously passed the bill, SB 964, which will be going to Governor Rick Scott and will take effect upon his expected signature.

In attribution to CBS Miami news April 2nd 2013, the bill (SB 964) would allow for a father’s parental rights to be cut off if his child “was conceived during an act of sexual battery.” Previously, rapists could seek custody of the child born from their attack. In some cases, this can even be used as a backdoor bargaining chip to discourage the victim from reporting the incident, testifying, or participating in sentencing hearings.

According to Theodore Enfield, besides making what some have called “modernizing” changes to the law, the bill will also bring victims of rape to the forefront so they can protect themselves and their children from any interactions sought by the alleged perpetrators. In this case, the victims may consider a legal consultation. Choosing a good child custody lawyer may be difficult, particularly because of the many highly emotional issues that emerge during these cases.

About T. Enfield: With more than 30 years of experience helping Florida families deal with family law issues such as divorce, equitable property settlement, child custody, child support and domestic violence, Theodore Enfield, a family law attorney, has guided his clients through all issues that are likely to arise during those difficult times. He has a wide industry experience and knowledge that enables him to cater to all specific requirements of all his clients by protecting their rights. For further convenience of his clients, Ted Enfield provides a free consultation service to understand his practices prior to taking action on the process. Moreover, throughout the case trials and hearings the clients are updated with their case status.

Ted Enfield, a Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer, is broadly acknowledged for providing quality and affordable legal services across South Florida, while all his efforts are directed towards handling all cases with great determination and complete diligence. So far he has successfully handled cases of all family, divorce and Florida Paternity laws which have made him the first choice of his clients.

Theodore Enfield practices include Divorce Alimony, Annulment, Dissolution of Marriage, Equal Distribution of Marital Assets and Liabilities, Child Support, Parental Responsibility and Time-Sharing.

Visit Theodore Enfield online at or his Family law office today 305-933-9592, 800-733-5299

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