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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 617
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F.S. 617.2005
617.2005 Extinct churches and religious societies; dissolution.Any church or religious society in this state which has ceased or failed to maintain religious worship or service, or to use its property for religious worship or services according to the tenets, usages, and customs of a church of the denomination of which it is a member in this state for the space of 2 consecutive years, or whose membership has so diminished in numbers or in financial strength as to render it impossible for such church or society to maintain religious worship or services, or to protect its property from exposure to waste and dilapidation for a period of 2 years, shall be extinct. Upon the facts being established to the satisfaction of the circuit court in and for the county in which such church or society has been situated, an order of such court may be made dissolving the church or religious society and the property of such church or society, or the property which may be held in trust for such church or society, may by court order be transferred to and the title and possession thereof vested in the denomination of which such church or society was a member. A copy of the decree of dissolution shall be filed with the Department of State.
History.s. 120, ch. 90-179.