Run-of-the-mill TPR appeal

Nothing to see here, but if you want to watch anyway… Florida 3rd DCA –¬†Judges: Shepherd, Suarez, Salter Attorneys: Thomas Butler for Father; Hillary Kambour for GAL Program; Karla Perkins for DCF Issues: TPR for egregious conduct against non-biological child and abandonment; disqualification of judge for comments at the shelter with no written order. Outcome: […]

Free-range GALs — unlicensed practice of law by GAL not fundamental error

Court: Florida Third DCA Judges: Lagoa, Fernandez, Schwartz Issue: Is it fundamental error to allow a GAL to question witnesses directly in a dissolution trial? Holding: ¬†Even though GALs must participate only through counsel by statute, it’s not fundamental error if they don’t. The husband here did not object at trial and there was no […]