DCF child abuse records are confidential and exempt from public records requests, except as provided by statute. Florida Statute §39.202, allows the person having legal custody of the child (or the young adult who was in DCF’s custody) to obtain DCF records. Florida Statute §39.202(7)(a) generally requires DCF to keep records of its cases until… Read more
This summer the Third District Court of Appeal heard a case arising from a dissolution of marriage action where both Husband and Wife were citizens of Ecuador. They were married in 1991 on a business trip to Miami. They returned to Ecuador and throughout their marriage lived and worked in Ecuador. In 2013, the Husband… Read more
An incarcerated husband recently appealed his final divorce judgment on the grounds that the trial court erred in denying his motion for rehearing. He claimed that he was prevented by prison officials from appearing telephonically at the final hearing, and that the trial court abused its discretion by denying his motions to stay the dissolution… Read more
Is Relocation Not in the Best Interests of the Children if Ex-Spouse Promises to Change His Poor Behavior?
A husband and wife were married for 12 years and had two minor children. A major issue in the divorce was the wife’s request to move back to Virginia with their children. The husband opposed the move. The couple had lived in Virginia for 15 years prior to moving to Florida in 2012. They were… Read more
A contentious and drawn-out divorce case has been travelling through Florida courts for several years. The most recent issue in this case deals with characterization of payments as alimony or salary in a prenuptial agreement that includes a waiver of alimony. The parties in the case waived their right to alimony in a properly signed… Read more