Family Law: New Legislation Effective Jan 1, 2018

CS/CS/SB 590: Child Support and Parenting Time Plans

GENERAL BILL by Appropriations ; Judiciary ; Brandes ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Stargel ; Gibson ; Campbell

Child Support and Parenting Time Plans; Authorizing the Department of Revenue to establish parenting time plans agreed to by both parents in Title IV-D child support actions; providing the purpose and requirements for a Title IV-D Standard Parenting Time Plan; requiring the department to refer parents who do not agree on a parenting time plan to a circuit court; authorizing the department to incorporate either a signed, agreed-upon parenting time plan or a signed Title IV-D Standard Parenting Time Plan in a child support order, etc. APPROPRIATION: $1,041,126.00

Effective Date: 1/1/2018
Last Action: 6/16/2017 – Chapter No. 2017-117
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF



The Caucus Volume 1 – 2017

Please take a moment to review FAPM’s newsletter, The Caucus. Compiled with submissions from the membership, interesting developments from the regulatory bodies and updates from the FAPM staff, it’s always a pleasant read.


The Caucus Volume 1 2017

2016 DRC CME Library


The 2016 DRC Library is now available under the “Resources” tab. Select “Resources” and then “Resource Library.” Scroll to the bottom of the page to see all the of the collection. Alternatively, we’ve provided a direct link here. (If you need assistance on using the library, check out our video tutorial here.)

Link to: 2016 DRC CME Library List

CMEs on the High Seas!

Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc. is pleased to announce our 2nd Annual CME Cruise Conference on March 16-20, 2017 on Royal Caribbean’s “Brilliance of the Seas”sailing from Tampa to Cozumel, Mexico. This year’s conference features nationally recognized presenters, thought provoking and timely general plenary sessions and a wide selection of individual workshops. This conference is anticipated to attract at least 100 conflict resolution practitioners from diverse backgrounds who come to learn from and share ideas with other professionals in the field.

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Autumn Caucus 2014

Please use the below link to access The Caucus. The edition includes updates regarding new CME requirements, congratulations to new board members, commentary on MEAC opinions and much more.

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Spring/Summer Caucus

Spring Caucus 2014Read The Caucus to stay informed of current events, MEAC opinions and stay abreast many more useful tools. Our newsletter features member articles, updates, news from the DRC and much more.


A Development in Alternative Dispute Resolution

On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in Strine v Delaware Coalition for Open Government, Inc., 2014 US Lexis 1984, and let stand a ruling from the Third Circuit (733 F3d 510). The Third Circuit ruling was a 2-1 decision.

The question before the Third Circuit was whether the public has a right of access under the First Amendment to Delaware’ s state-sponsored arbitration program. Chancellor Strine, then the presiding judge of Delaware Chancery Court and now chief judge of the Delaware Supreme Court, and the judges of the Delaware Chancery Court, who oversee the arbitration process, appealed from a judgment in favor of the Delaware Coalition for Open Government. The Third Circuit found that Delaware’s arbitration program was subject to the same rules governing civil trials and thus must be open to the public. The appellants argued that the First Amendment does not mandate a right of public access to state-sponsored arbitration proceedings.