A Broward County family court judge erred by preventing a former husband from calling his ex-wife as a witness during an alimony modification hearing, a local appeals court ruled. The ex-husband was attempting to prove his former wife was untruthful in her financial affidavit, but the judge denied him the opportunity to prove his case. The trial judge also erred in citing only the ex-wife’s “need” for alimony in her order of modification. Florida law requires judges to consider a number of factors beyond “need.”
The case was Benedict v. Benedict, and the Florida appellate opinion can be found here.