Family Law

A Man’s Home Is His Castle, But It Has a Secret Dungeon: Domestic Violence Victims Need An Amendment to Florida’s All-Party Consent Law

Written by: David K. Warren

Abstract Domestic violence is an epidemic that is occurring at alarming rates throughout the state of Florida and across the nation. Much of that abuse occurs behind closed doors inside the home where there are no witnesses. Because Florida law does not allow a person to record communications without the consent of everyone else involved, […]

Bethany R. Berger, In the Name of the Child: Race, Gender, and Economics in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court decided Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, holding that the Indian Child Welfare Act did not permit the Cherokee father in that case to object to termination of his parental rights. The case was ostensibly about a dispute between prospective adoptive parents and a biological father. But this Article […]

Frances H. Foster, Should Pets Inherit?

63 Fla. L. Rev. 801 (2011)|  | | ARTICLE :: On August 20, 2007, billionaire hotelier Leona Helmsley died, survived by her brother, four grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and her beloved companion of eight years, a white Maltese dog named Trouble. One week later came news that shocked the world. Helmsley left $12 million to Trouble.

Lauren A. Kirkpatrick, Treading on Sacred Ground: Denying the Appointment of a Testator's Nominated Personal Representative

63 Fla. L. Rev. 1041 (2011)|  | | PDF CASE COMMENT, Schleider v. Estate of Schleider, 770 So. 2d 1252 (Fla. 4th DCA 2000) :: Muriel’s mother had just died. She and her sister, Orit, had been fighting for years during their parents’ guardianship. Now Orit was bringing Muriel to court over who would act as […]

Solangel Maldonado, Illegitimate Harm: Law, Stigma, and Discrimination Against Nonmarital Children

63 Fla. L. Rev. 345 (2011)| |  | | ABSTRACT :: No one would dispute that for most of U.S. history, nonmarital children suffered significant legal and societal discrimination. Although many individuals believe that the legal disadvantages attached to “illegitimate” status have disappeared in the last forty years, this Article demonstrates that the law continues to […]

Hillel Y. Levin, Resolving Interstate Conflicts Over Same-Sex Non-Marriage

63 Fla. L. Rev. 47 (2011)| | | | ABSTRACT :: States have adopted several different regimes of recognition for same-sex couples. A few states allow same-sex couples to marry; several others offer marriage- like partnerships (usually called civil unions), which provide all or nearly all of the substantive rights and responsibilities associated with marriage; […]