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Orlando Family Law Appeals
The DeWitt Law Firm Appellate Division has the experience to handle appellate matters related to all areas of family law. The firm has represented clients in both the Second District Court of Appeal and Fifth District Court of Appeal, as well as the Florida Supreme Court. We have dealt with a wide array of appellate issues including annulments, alimony, timesharing, injunctions, attorneys’ fees, equitable distribution, and prenuptial agreements. Whether prosecuting or defending an appeal, the DeWitt Law Firm can assist you with every aspect of your appellate case. Out Appellate Division is familiar with the unique procedures and standards of appellate courts. Additionally, the DeWitt Law Firm Appellate Division routinely monitors the latest family law appellate opinions to ensure that they are up to date on the pulse of the Court. As such, it is important to work with an attorney that has knowledge of both appellate practice and the area of law that is applicable to the issue(s) on appeal.
With any appeal, you must general file your Notice of Appeal within 30 days of the rendition of the Final Judgment. Failure to file for an appeal timely could forever forfeit your rights to appellate relief.
Notable Appeals Cases
Bacchus v. Bacchus, 108 So. 3d 712 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. 2013)(The clear purpose of § 741.30(5)(c), Fla. Stat. is to preserve the status quo pending a final evidentiary hearing. It does not contemplate entry of a series of temporary injunctions in lieu of a full hearing on a permanent injunction.)
Pillari v. Pillari, 968 So. 2d 580 (Fla. 5th DCA 2007)(alimony award upheld on appeal.)
Cogen v. Cogen, 992 So. 2d 865 (Fla. 5th DCA 2008) (it was error to award rehabilitative alimony where the former wife failed to present evidence of a rehabilitative plan.)
Topel v. Topel, 2014 Fla. App. LEXIS 20588 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. Dec. 19, 2014)(alimony awards must be supported by competent, substantial evidence that demonstrates the need for support and the paying spouse’s ability to pay).
Garcia v. Roldan, 2012 Fla. App. LEXIS 10636 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. 2012)(Dominican Republic divorce was not finalized prior to entry into second marriage, so second marriage was void).
Niazi v. Niazi, 179 So. 3d 365, 366 (Fla. 5th DCA 2015) (A contractual limitation to attorney’s fees in a prenuptial agreement is enforceable in an award of appellate attorney’s fees.)
Thomcha-Brancato v. Brancato, No. 2D15-2720, 2016 Fla. App. LEXIS 7571 (2d DCA May 18, 2016)(Denial of Wife’s claim for request in increase in nominal alimony award upheld on appeal)
Duke v. Duke, No. 5D16-120 (5th DCA Feb. 10, 2017)(Appellate Court reversed the alimony award, the attorney’s fees award, the requirement that Former Husband maintain life insurance, and the parenting plan in favor of our client.)
Badalameti v. Fiore, 197 So. 3d 562 (Fla. 5th DCA 2016)(the trial court’s granting of the Wife’s Petition to Relocate was upheld on appeal)