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Florida family law procedure: clerk can't require filing fee as a prerequisite to accepting a notice of appeal

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Family Law Procedure

It is well-established that an appeal must be filed within 30 days of the date an order is entered, or the appellate court has no jurisdiction to consider an appeal. But does this mean the accompanying filing fee must also be paid before the clerk must accept the notice of appeal for filing? This issue arose in the case Burns v. Burns, 4D19-0124 (Fla. 4th DCA June 5, 2019) in which the former husband attempted to file his notice of appeal on the 30th day, but it was not docketed until the next day, calling into question the viability of his appeal.

It may cost you if you do not hire a court reporter for your Florida divorce

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Family Law Procedure

As parties who hire lawyers in their Florida family law cases soon realize, in addition to attorneys’ fees, there are costs associated with a case that must be paid as well. From process servers to filing fees and beyond, Florida family law litigation can be expensive. Most lawyers will tell you a court reporter is worth his or her weight in gold, and the appellate case Padgett v. Padgett, 1D17-2217 (Fla. 1st DCA May 2, 2019) tells us why.

Florida family law appeals: A final judgment may not be "final" for purposes of appeal

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Family Law Procedure

If a party does not agree with a trial court’s decision in his or her Florida family law case, he or she may have the right to appeal the decision. The party must ensure that he or she has followed the appropriate steps to preserve the right to appeal, and this is usually best done through an attorney. As the recent appellate case Browner v. Browner, 1D19-0556 (Fla. 1st DCA April 22, 2019) indicates, knowing something as basic as whether or not it is possible to appeal an order is crucial.

Preserving your appellate rights in a Miami divorce

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Divorce

Preserving your right to appeal in your Miami divorce requires that you make certain arguments and objections to the trial court. If you fail to make an argument to the court, for example, you cannot complain on appeal that the trial court did not consider that argument. Additionally, you cannot invite error and then complain about it on appeal. We see this play out in the appellate case Sciame v. Sciame, 215 So.3d 190 (Fla. 2d DCA 2017).