West Palm Beach Divorce Lawyer Matthew S. Nugent observed the following case from Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal:

Case:               Hammad v. Hammad

Court:             Fifth District Court of Appeal.

Trial Judge:   Hubert L. Grimes.

Attorneys:      Bradley S. Sherman, Ivan K. Clements, Jr..

Issues:             Alimony, Attorney’s Fees.

Holding:          Alimony awards made under final judgment must be based on the factual findings required under statute. Attorney’s fees ordered under final judgment must be based on the court’s factual findings regarding the parties’ respective financial need and ability to pay. In this case, the trial court erred in ordering the former husband pay to the former wife durational alimony and seventy-five percent (75%) of her attorney’s fees without making the requisite findings of fact. The matter was remanded for consideration of both issues.

Matthew S. Nugent is a West Palm Beach Divorce Attorney with the law firm of Nugent Zborowski & Bruce. Mr. Nugent’s law practice is limited to the mediation, litigation and appeals of divorce and family law matters. His practice is throughout South Florida, including Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and other areas throughout Palm Beach County, Martin County and Broward County. To speak with Mr. Nugent, or another member of the firm, call (561) 844-1200.