Parental Rights in Florida

Resolution Supporting the PRA

We did it! Thanks in part to your support, Florida adopted a resolution calling on Congress to pass the Parental Rights Amendment. In 2011, Rep. Coley and Sen. Flores introduced HM 557/SM 954. The memorial passed both houses by an overwhelming majority. (Learn more about state resolutions.)

Florida Parental Rights News

Past News Items:

2011 - We did it! Thanks in part to your support, Florida called on Congress to pass the Parental Rights Amendment. Rep. Coley and Sen. Flores introduced HM 557/SM 954, calling on Congress to pass the Parental Rights Amendment. The memorial passed both houses by an overwhelming majority.

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Florida State Law and Parental Rights

At Risk

Florida does not have a state statute that explicitly defines and protects parental rights as fundamental rights.

Florida's Proceedings Relating to Children can be found here.

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Florida Courts and Parental Rights

"Strict Scrutiny" Applied to Parental Rights

N.B. v. Florida Department of Children and Families (Florida 3rd District Court of Appeal, 2016):

"When a statute impinges on a fundamental liberty interest, such as parenting ones child, we must analyze the constitutionality of the statute under a strict scrutiny standard. Fla. Dep’t of Children & Families v. F.L., , 607 (Fla. 2004) 'To withstand strict scrutiny, a law must be necessary to promote a compelling governmental interest and must be narrowly tailored to advance that interest.' State v. J.P., 907 So. 2d1101, 1109 (Fla. 2004)."

However, this precedent is subject to change.