In the fiscal year of 2017-18, there were 21,178 filings in Florida’s District Courts of Appeal, comprising 1,188 family cases. The State of Florida District Courts of Appeal primarily review decisions rendered by a trial court to determine whether the decisions are based upon competent substantial evidence, comply with the law, contain harmfurl errors or reflect and abuse of judicial discretion.
What Decisions Can Be Appealed?
When considering whether to appeal a Florida a family law order, it is essential to understand whether the decision is a “final order” or a “non-final order.”
- Final Order: An order is a “final order” when the final decision on a major issue(s) has been rendered by the trial court. All “final orders” are immediately appealable.
- Non-Final Order: An order is a “non-final order” if it temporarily resolved a matter and prooceedings are still ongoing. Not all non-final orders can be appealed immediately. You may need to wait for the final order before filing an appeal.
If you believe a decision has been entered in your case that does not comply with the law, contains harmful errors or the like and you wish to appeal, you will need the help of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who is capable of handling your appeal. Our in-depth knowledge of Florida family law, our trial court experience, and our appellate experience gives us an advantage in assisting our clients in this process.
Fournier Law proudly serves clients throughout Florida.