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Divorce in Boynton Beach, Florida

In a divorce proceeding in which one of the parties seeks to set aside a marital settlement agreement, the trial court should either permit the contesting party to present argument and evidence concerning the adoption of the marital settlement agreement during the final hearing, or alternatively, the court should defer entering a final judgment until a hearing on the contesting party's motion to set aside the marital settlement agreement has been held. In Giddins v. Giddins, the Florida Court of Appeal recently stated: "Appellant, the former wife, challenges the trial court's final order of dissolution of marriage in which the court adopted and incorporated the parties' marital settlement agreement. Appellant argues the court erred in entering the final order over her objection and pending motion to set aside the marital settlement agreement, without first giving her the opportunity to be heard and present evidence. We agree. 

Division of Property and Assets in Jupiter, Florida

In cases involving the division of property and assets, the Court will identify and value all marital assets. Debts to cover nonmarital expenses should not be classified and allocated as marital debts. "Section 61.075(3), Florida Statutes (2012), requires the trial court to identify and value all marital assets and liabilities. Distribution of the marital assets and liabilities must be supported by factual findings in the judgment or order based on competent, substantial evidence. Kovalchick v. Kovalchick, 841 So. 2d 669, 679 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003). We review such findings for an abuse of discretion. See Steele v. Steele, 945 So. 2d 601, 602 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006). However, we review de novo the trial court's legal conclusion that an asset or liability is "marital" or "nonmarital," as defined in the statute. Mondello v. Torres, 47 So. 3d 389, 392 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010)

Child Custody and Visitation In North Palm Beach, Florida

In a child custody and visitation case, the trial court cannot order a timesharing plan that is materially different than the plan the parties requested. In Krift v. Obenour, the Florida Court of Appeal recently stated: "Because the rotating timesharing plan ordered by the trial court was such a material departure from the plan the parties requested, we reverse and remand for further proceedings on this issue. On appeal, the former wife argues that the trial court erred by ordering a rotating timesharing plan that neither party requested in their pleadings oral any time during trial. "[U]nder Florida Law a trial court may not order an annual, rotating time-sharing where neither parent requested such a plan in the pleadings, nor argued for the plan at the final hearing." Bainbridge v. Pratt, 68 So. 3d 310,314 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011); see also Flemming v. Flemming, 742 So. 2d 843, 844 (Fla. 1st DCA 1999) ("The trial court did not have authority to rule on matters that were 'not the subject of appropriate pleadings and notice.' ").

Child Relocation In Jupiter, Florida

The child relocation statute does not apply when the parent has relocated prior to the date of the filing of the dissolution petition. In Rolison v. Rolison the Florida Court of Appeal recently stated: "Appellant (the Father) appeals a non-final order denying his emergency verified motion to compel Appellee (the Mother) to return the parties' minor children to Florida. We affirm the trial court's order, which correctly found that section 61.13001, Florida Statutes (2013), Florida's relocation statute, did not apply, as the Mother moved to Georgia before the Father filed for dissolution. The Father filed a petition for dissolution of marriage and other relief on February 21, 2014. The trial court denied the Father's emergency motion, finding that section 61.13001 was inapplicable, because it only applied to a child's relocation or proposed relocation during a pending proceeding.

Child Custody and Visitation in Jupiter, Florida

In a child custody and visitation proceeding, a party may request any other party to submit to an examination by a qualified expert when the condition that is the subject of the requested examination is in controversy. In Asteberg v. Russell, the Florida Court of Appeal recently stated: "Certiorari jurisdiction lies to review an order compelling a mental examination." J.B. v. M.M., 92 So. 3d 888,889 (Fla. 4th DCA2012); see also Vo v. Bui, 680 So. 2d 601,601 (Fla. 2d DCA 1996). Rule 1.360(a)(l) provides that "[a] party may request any other party to submit to... examination by a qualified expert when the condition that is the subject of the requested examination is in controversy."

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