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Novey Law News & Updates


WFSU's Perspectives: "Family Law"

Shannon Novey appeared on WFSU's Perpectives on April 12, 2012. Ms. Novey was accompanied by three other well experienced family law attorneys from the Tallahassee area to discuss family law. The hour-long radio special focused on family law in North Florida, the Florida Bar Foundation, as well as pro bono work to help families in need of legal services.  

To listen to the radio special, please click on the below link.



Jerome Novey named to Legal Elite for 2012 by Florida Trend Magazine

Jerome Novey, esq. has again been recognized for his contributions to the legal community and was recently selected as a Legal Elite 2012 winner by Florida Trend Magazine.


Family Law Related Bills Passed During 2011-2012 Legislative Session

Adoption bill (HB 1163), which became law on March 8 and is effective July 1, 2012.  The bill significantly revises current law relating to adoption, including revising obligations and responsibilities of an unmarried biological father seeking to assert parental rights, placing restrictions on fees and advertising relating to adoption, and establishing criminal elements for adoption deception by a birth mother. 


Stalking bill (HB 1099), which became law on March 8 and is effective October 1, 2012.  This bill revises the definition of “creditable threat” as it relates to stalking, creates a new injunction for protection against stalking and cyberstalking, and requires a court to consider issuing an injunction from contact with a victim of stalking for up to ten years.  The bill also provides that a person may not possess any firearm or ammunition if a current final injunction restrains a person from committing stalking or cyberstalking.


Effect of Dissolution or Annulment (HB 401), which became law on March 8 and is effective July 1, 2012.  Current law provides that disposition of certain non-probate or non-trust assets (i.e., a life insurance policy) are governed by the terms of the policy and are not affected when the decedent is no longer married but has failed to remove his or her former spouse as the beneficiary.  Now, when an individual dies after a dissolution or annulment of marriage, a beneficiary designation, created by the individual prior to divorce becomes void. 


Alimony Bill Not Passed in 2012 Legislative Session

The proposed alimony bill (HB 549) did not pass the 2012 legislative session, which means that there is currently no legislative change to alimony in Florida.

For a review of HB 549, please see the below attached link.



Update on Proposed Alimony Bill HB 549

HB 549, the “alimony bill” was heard on Thursday, February 16 in the House Judiciary Committee.  The committee adopted a strike-all amendment at that time, which struck all language in the original bill and substituted substantial changes. Representative Workman, the bill's sponsor, committed to continue to work with the family law section of the Florida Bar and others to further amend the bill.  The next stop is the House floor.