Sunday

Gender Bias in Florida's Court System: Judicial Attitudes

1. Most of Florida's circuit court judges dislike dealing with family law matters. This attitude can affect the outcome of cases.

2. Many judges in Florida presume that a woman will enter the job market after divorce regardless of the length or conditions of the marriage and notwithstanding her age, lack of training or justifiable expectations.

3. Many Florida judges fail to appreciate or recognize the difficulties for women in starting a career at an age when many men are close to retirement.

--1990 Florida Supreme Court Gender Bias Report


And so Florida fixed this by enacting "time sharing" law?


1. If a judge dislikes dealing with family law matters, why the fuck is he/she placed on the family law bench? Offuckingcourse a bad attitude will affect the outcome of cases.

The answer I always hear is that there is a shortage of judges on the bench for family law. The next answer excuse I hear is that judges in family law are forced to work really long hours.

Does this mean that they are excused to ruin people's lives?

Let me show you their solution:

Throughout Florida courts, judges are cycled in and out of family court--meaning, they are rotated. I think the rotation is about every two years.

If this is truly to benefit the courts system and the litigants, how on earth can the same judge stay on a case when he/she has been cycled out of family court cases? Yes, you read that right. The judge has been transferred to another "department," per court regulations, and yet this same judge rules on the case (and promises to continue to do so). WTF? In fact, there is actually another judge on record, but motions from the other party are still going through the same old judge, and the same old judge is still ruling.

2 & 3. Many judges also presume that a woman is a gold-digging bitch so they give the man all the exemptions when calculating support awards in order to even things out a bit when no equality exists in a situation like this. If a woman has support her spouse in the household in their intact household, then that man should be required to support the woman (with children) until she gains financial comparable financial footing.