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Florida Appeals and Alimony Modification

Uncategorized Jul 21, 2020
post about Florida Appeals and Alimony Modification

What is a Florida appeal? When do you need to hire a West Palm Beach appellate attorney? What probate or family law orders are appealable? How can an appellate attorney help me with an alimony modification?

Florida Family Law Litigation and Appeals

Florida lawyers know that some family law cases can lead to an appeal. If you disagree with a final judgment or order, you may be able to file an appeal. If you win a case, the other side may appeal. Therefore, it’s important to anticipate the possibility of having to hire a West Palm Beach appellate attorney.

Hiring a Florida Appellate Lawyer For Your Family Law Appeal

If you are in the process of hiring a Florida appellate firm, you may want to look for a law firm with extensive experience in handling civil appeals. Does the West Palm Beach appellate attorney you are interviewing have over twenty years of experience? How many appellate briefs have they written?

At Pankauski Hauser Lazarus, one of the law partners, Robert Hauser, has been named a Board Certified Specialist by The Florida Bar in Appellate Practice. The appellate team at Pankauski Hauser Lazarus handles appeals in each and every district court of appeal in Florida. 

Nangle v. Nangle

If you are involved in alimony litigation, you may want to read Nangle v. Nangle, a December 18, 2019 Fourth DCA opinion. This case is a good example of how an alimony dispute can end up in a Florida appellate court.

Here, the former husband appeals the trial court’s order denying his motion to modify alimony. When the parties got divorced in 2008, permanent alimony was awarded to the former wife. However, in 2017, the former husband filed for modification/ termination of alimony.

The former husband argued that there had been a substantial and contemplated change in circumstances since the entry of the alimony order. When the former husband had retired, he entered into a redemption agreement in which the company he had worked for agreed to pay him for his stock. The monthly redemption payments had come to an end and, without them, former husband said he could not afford the alimony payments.

The appellate court reversed and remanded the case to the trial court for further proceedings consistent with the appellate opinion. The appellate court explained that the trial court’s order failed to address either the former husband’s ability to pay or changes to the former wife’s financial status.

At Pankauski Hauser Lazarus, our attorneys handle civil family law appeals just like this one. To interview an appellate lawyer, free of charge, call (561) 268-0233 ext.101.