A draft bill currently proceeding through the Florida Senate could prohibit the application of foreign law in family cases across the state.
If passed into statute, Senate Bill 58 – Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases – would make legal rulings by foreign bodies “void and unenforceable” in Florida if they did not “grant the parties affected by the ruling or decision the same fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges guaranteed by the State Constitution or the United States Constitution.”
Under the bill, Israeli law would become unenforceable because it does not maintain a strict separation between church and state. Jewish divorces and related family law rulings would no longer be legally recognised, potentially preventing second marriages, court cases regarding alimony (maintenance) and similar measures.
State officials would be required to inform Israeli couples living in Florida that they cannot rely on any legal provisions made in their home country.
Foreign couples living in the ‘Sunshine State’ would also not be able to rely on prenuptial agreements agreed under foreign jurisdictions if they decided to divorce, the Sun Sentinel reports.