Continuing in the 2012 Florida legislative update,SB 990 is our topic today. "Natural guardians" is the topic. This bill covers parental authority to act for your children. Florida has a strong public policy of shared parental responsibility (often referred to as "legal custody"). Both parents must decide the big issues of child-rearing together when parental responsibilty is shared.
But sometimes, sole parental responsibility is ordered. SB 990 specifies that when parent has sole parental responsibility, the parent with sole responsibility is the "natural guardian" of the child. The new law makes it clear that if neither parent is granted parental responsibility, neither are the natural guardian of the child.
SB 990 was sent to the governor on March 23, 2012. It's effective date is July 1, 2012.