Palm Beach County Divorce Lawyer Christopher R. Bruce observed the following case from Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal:

Case:               R.W. v. Department of Children and Families

Court:             Third District Court of Appeal.

Trial Judge:   Cindy S. Lederman.

Attorneys:      Steven Grossbard, Karla Perkins for Department of Children and Families, Patricia Murphy Propheter for Guardian ad Litem Program.

Issues:             Parental Rights.

Holding:          If, after a hearing regarding the termination of parental rights, there is a conflict between the trial court’s oral pronouncement and its written order, the oral pronouncement controls. In this case, the trial court erred in issuing a final judgment in conflict with its oral pronouncement after trial. The written final judgment terminated the appellant father’s parental rights on the grounds of abandonment. However, the trial court’s oral pronouncement after trial was that it did not find abandonment, based on the evidence presented. The matter was remanded for further proceedings consistent with the opinion.

Christopher R. Bruce is a Divorce Lawyer with the law firm of Nugent Zborowski & Bruce. Mr. Bruce’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. Bruce, or another member of the firm, call (561) 844-1200.