Florida’s appellate court for central Florida dismissed an appeal brought by a former spouse who was on the losing end of multiple orders from the family court judge. The former spouse lost his job and petitioned the court to modify his child support order. Not only did he lose that battle, but he was ordered to pay his ex-wife’s attorneys’ fees. After those adverse rulings, the ex-husband failed to take the procedural steps necessary to appeal the family judge’s actions, meaning the appellate court had no choice but to rule against him. This case shows the importance of a family court litigant having an experienced trial lawyer, that knows the proper procedures to appeal erroneous rulings.
The case was Delgado v. Morejon, and the Florida appellate opinion can be found here.