FAMILY LAW: DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE; JUDGES: DISQUALIFICATION: DISCOUNTING TESTIMONY ABOUT HUSBAND’S ACCOUNTANT BECAUSE HE WAS A FRIEND AND TELLING ACCOUNTANT THIS WAS A DIFFICULT CASE AND JUDGE WOULD HAVE TO PICK ONE PROPOSED ORDER OVER ANOTHER DID NOT WARRANT DISQUALIFICATION; APPEALS: PROHIBITION

Clark v. Clark, ___ So. 3d ___, 40 Fla. L. Weekly D718 (Fla. 1st DCA March 25, 2015)

The trial judge in an action for dissolution of marriage was not subject to disqualification because he discounted the testimony of the husband’s accountant, who was the husband’s friend, or because the judge told the accountant that this was a difficult case and the judge would have to pick one proposed order over another. The appellate court viewed the judge’s statement to the accountant as a reflection of the antithesis of bias.

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