Continuance: Abuse of Discretion

Quintero v. Kenyon, ___ So. 3d ___, 35 Fla. L. Weekly D2589 (Fla. 3d DCA 11/24/10)

The appellate court reversed the denial of the mother’s motion for continuance in a paternity case.  The mother asked for a continuance after her lawyer withdrew on the eve of trial because she lost her job and could not pay him.  Because there was no showing that a continuance would have resulted in prejudice, the trial court abused its discretion by denying the motion.