FAMILY LAW: DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE: ATTORNEY’S FEES: ABSENCE OF SPECIFIC FINDINGS REGARDING REASONABLE HOURLY RATE AND REASONABLE NUMBER OF HOURS WORKED

Mitchell v. Mitchell, ___ So. 3d ___, 39 Fla. L. Weekly D1296 (Fla. 1st DCA June 18, 2014)

The appellate court, in an action for dissolution of marriage, reversed an award of attorney’s fees to the wife because of the absence of specific findings.  “Here, the final judgment does not make specific findings as to the number of hours … Click To Read Full Case Law Review...

FAMILY LAW: DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE; APPEALS: RECORD ON APPEAL: LACK OF TRANSCRIPT

Bishop v. Bishop, ___ So. 3d ___, 37 Fla. L. Weekly D1852 (Fla. 5th DCA August 3, 2012)

The appellate court affirmed a final judgment of dissolution of marriage because of the absence of (1) a trial transcript, and (2) error on the face of the judgment.  “On appeal, the trial court’s ruling is presumed correct, and when no … Click To Read Full Case Law Review...

FAMILY LAW: DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE: TRIAL COURT DID NOT HAVE JURISDICTION OVER CORPORATION OWNED BY PARTIES

Mathes v. Mathes, ___ So. 3d ___, 37 Fla. L. Weekly D1418 (Fla. 2d DCA June 15, 2012)

The trial court in an action to dissolve a marriage did not have jurisdiction to make decisions involving the management of the corporation owned by the parties because the corporation was not a party to the action. Click To Read Full Case Law Review...

FAMILY LAW: DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE; EVIDENCE: ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE: WAIVER: COMMUNICATIONS IN THE PRESENCE OF DAUGHTER OR SON-IN-LAW

Witte v. Witte, ___ So. 3d ___, 37 Fla. L. Weekly D786 (Fla. 4th DCA April 4, 2012)

The appellate court quashed an order in an action for dissolution of marriage that found the wife waived the attorney-client privilege because her daughter or son-in-law was present during 65% of her communications with counsel.  The wife was 74 years old; … Click To Read Full Case Law Review...

INSURANCE: FAMILY LAW: DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE: BENEFICIARY DESIGNATION IN POLICY, PLAN, OR ACCOUNT TRUMPS GENERAL LANGUAGE IN MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

Crawford v. Barker, ___ So. 3d ___, 36 Fla. L. Weekly S252 (Fla. 6/9/11)

During their marriage, the husband designated the wife as his beneficiary under a deferred compensation fund. Later, the husband filed for dissolution of marriage, and the parties entered into a marital settlement agreement, which provided: “‘Husband shall retain retirement money with’ the deferred compensation fund. The … Click To Read Full Case Law Review...