FAMILY LAW: CIVIL PROCEDURE: DUE PROCESS: TRIAL COURT DEPRIVED WIFE OF DUE PROCESS OF LAW BY ENTERING FINAL JUDGMENT BEFORE EXPIRATION OF TIME GRANTED TO WIFE TO CONDUCT ADDITIONAL DISCOVERY AFTER FINAL HEARING

Garcell v. Garcell, ___ So. 3d ___, 39 Fla. L. Weekly D2297 (Fla. 4th DCA November 5, 2014)

At the conclusion of the final hearing, the trial court provided the wife with an additional forty-five days to conduct discovery, but the trial court entered final judgment after only twenty-seven days.  The appellate court held that the trial court abused its discretion and violated due process of law by depriving the wife of “a full opportunity to present her case to the [trial] court.”