Parents accused of abducting their two children still not in custody

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tuesday, Fort Myers Police Department announced that the biological parents accused of abducting their two children are still not in custody, although both children were found safe. Evelin Sanchez-Rojas and Inmer Barrios are the two who investigators say abducted their children, a 2-year-old and a 2-month-old, and drove…

Florida Child Agency Sued

Four Florida families are suing Gov. Ron DeSantis, Shevaun Harris, Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Health, Patricia Armstrong, Bureau Chief of Florida Department of Health Child Protection Team, and Dennis Moore, Executive Director of Florida’s…

Governor vetoes alimony legislation

Governor vetoes alimony legislation Nearly three months after it sparked a heated debate in both chambers, Gov. Ron DeSantis has vetoed an alimony reform measure citing its retroactivity. SB 1796 would have abolished permanent alimony, given ex-spouses who pay alimony a “pathway to retirement,” and created a legal presumption that 50-50 timesharing…

‘Markel Act’ signed into law, gives grandparents visitation rights

Today, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 1119, known by advocates as the ‘Markel Act,’ to protect grandparents and children against alienation from each other in narrow, tragic situations. Specifically, the bill says that grandparents can petition courts for visitation with their grandchildren where the living parent was found culpable…

Florida Teacher Cleared Of Attacking Student Wants Apology From School District

A Florida teacher accused of striking one of her students is fighting to clear her name after criminal charges were dropped.Caroline Lee, 61, was charged with third-degree child abuse following a 2021 incident where she allegedly assaulted a female student while employed with the Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) district.…

Alimony: Allies and foes wage fevered campaigns to have DeSantis sign or veto overhaul

The years-long battle over whether to overhaul permanent alimony and child-custody laws in Florida reached fever pitch last week when the Florida Senate transmitted Senate Bill 1796 to Gov. Ron DeSantis to approve or veto. SB 1796 would allow more ex-spouses to terminate permanent alimony payments and would create a…

Clay County Man Who Sexually Exploited Three Children In His Custody Sentenced To 40 Years In Federal Prison | USAO-MDFL

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Edward Alan Hardin (35, Clay County) to 40 years in federal prison for attempted production of child sex abuse material and possession of child sex abuse material. After serving his prison term, Hardin will be required to register as…

In rape paternity dispute, judge awarded child custody to alleged abusive father despite assault complaints

UPDATE: During a hearing Tuesday, Judge Jeffrey Cashe revoked custody of the Crysta Abelseth's daughter from the teen's biological father, John Barnes. A trial is set for July 15 where a final decision on custody will be made. Read the full update here: https://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-temporarily-revokes-custody-in-rape-paternity-case-after-nakamoto-report-trial-set-for-next-month ------ AMITE - Amid a growing…

More accuse DCF of keeping relatives from getting custody of family members

TAMPA, Fla. — More families are sharing personal stories of how, they claim, Florida’s child welfare system went out of its way to break their families apart.“They just stonewalled us,” said Curt Houston of Tampa.He and his wife haven’t seen their grandson and granddaughter in person since 2018, the same year the…