Most family courts in Florida employ magistrates to help move along cases. Magistrates are not judges, and they can only hear cases with the consent of all parties. Two prisoners, convicted of murder, were engaged in divorce proceedings that were referred to a magistrate. The husband objected to the magistrate hearing the case, but the magistrate proceeded to handle the case and issue a report recommending the divorce be granted. A north Florida appeals court reversed the divorce judgment, finding the magistrate should have immediately stepped off the case once the husband objected.
The case was Humphrey v. Humphrey, and the Florida appellate opinion can be found here.