Bill to make handoffs of kids between divorced parents safer is closer to passage

The bill already passed the House.

On Valentine’s Day, the Florida Senate will be contemplating what happens when love goes horribly wrong, as it mulls legislation that would govern how divorced parents hand their children off to each other during split custody scenarios.

Sen. Clay Yarborough’s bill (SB 580) is on the Special Order calendar, where it likely will be substituted with the identical measure that passed the House (HB 385).

The bill is referred to as the Cassie Carli Law to honor Cassie Carli, a 37-year-old Navarre woman who vanished in March 2022 following the scheduled exchange of her preschool-aged daughter, only to be found in a grave in Alabama weeks later.

The legislation would require court-approved plans for shared custody to include, unless otherwise agreed to by both parents, a list of “designated authorized locations” to exchange custody of their children. Estranged parents can opt out with a written waiver, however, should they be able to work things out more amicably.

In cases where parents provide evidence that they or their child may be at risk of harm, a court may require the parents to exchange in the parking lot of a county Sheriff’s Office.

The parking lot must be accessible at all times, well-lit, have video surveillance and include a purple light or a sign billing it as a “neutral safe exchange location.”

The bill also entitles domestic violence victims to the same protections, mandating a court order to enforce the condition.


Jesse Scheckner of Florida Politics contributed to this report.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


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  • Bobby stallings

    February 11, 2024 at 7:06 pm

    I need help with my case let me explain the girl I was with lied to me she told me she was clean from drugs when my boy was born he tested pos for meth they took my boy from the hospital and away from us dcf did I have done nothing wrong my son should be with me to save her self she told dcf that I gave her the drugs that made my son test pos never would I do that only because she lied I can’t get my son she gets him so many days a week and still I get nothing she has a long past of drug use long before me this is so un fare John belongs with my where I can love him and protect him the day I found out at the hospital I want nothing to do with her what her and dcf are doing to me and my son is wrong can some one please help me

  • Dont Say FLA

    February 12, 2024 at 2:21 pm

    What on Earth? Why is the FLgOP encouraging divorce like this? Can’t the FLgOPs make up their minds about what they want? They say they want people to be married and have a family, but here they go making it easier to be a divorced person. Shame, FLgOP. Shame. /s

    • K

      February 12, 2024 at 3:48 pm

      They aren’t encouraging divorce. They are trying to protect women from being murdered by their exs during custody exchanges.

      • Dont Say FLA

        February 13, 2024 at 7:15 am

        Not being murdered does tend to make life easier. Not having to worry about the problematic custody exchange does tend to make a choice for divorced life easier. If you believe in marriage and what the Bible says, you don’t do things that make it easier for a woman to disobey her husband, knowing it’s not as hard as it used to be to leave. Right? That is what the Bible says.

        And again, /s.

        If the sarcastic comments come across seriously even with the closing tags, that’s because they could be believed considering where Trump and Rhonda’s took their FLgOP.

        The FLgOP lives in crazy town.

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