Family Law Case Updates – May 2022

Agreements:

Moquin v. Bergeron, 47 Fla. L. Weekly D1065 (Fla. 4th DCA 2022).  Because parties stipulated to the Family Articles of the civil code of Quebec, Wife not entitled to equitable distribution of marital assets.  Conditional award of lump sum alimony and attorneys’ fees affirmed.  Judge Scott Suskauer affirmed in part, reversed in part.

Alimony:

Smith v. Smith, 47 Fla. L. Weekly D1103 (Fla. 1st DCA 2022).  Trial court reversed for failing to make sufficient findings in determining alimony and failing to address Wife’s request to secure alimony with insurance.  Judge Thomas Dannheisser reversed.

Kirby v. Kirby, 47 Fla. L. Weekly D1023 (Fla. 5th DCA 2022).  Award of $8,000 per month in alimony reversed when no findings of ability and award consumed 60% of Husband’s net income.  Judge Keith A. Carsten reversed.

Equitable Distribution:

Twigg v. Twigg, 47 Fla. L. Weekly D1016 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2022).  Trial Court erred classifying automobile as marital asset when it was given to one party before the marriage and no evidence of appreciation presented.  Judge Christine A. Marlewski affirmed in part, reversed in part.

Procedure:

Pimienta v. Rasenfeld, Fla. L. Weekly D983 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2022).  Trial Court affirmed for denying Wife’s motion to continue trial due to expert not being ready.  Delay in expert’s report was attributable to Wife, even in light of Wife’s 10th attorney withdrawing.  Judge Migna Sanchez-Lorens affirmed.

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